FROM July 6, all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW will be smoke-free, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, NSW Health is reminding.
This means staff and patrons of hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to work and dine outdoors without being exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke.
Northern NSW LHD Health Promotion Manager, Jillian Adams said NSW Health is working closely with local businesses to help them get ready for smoke-free outdoor dining.
"There is strong public support for making outdoor dining areas smoke-free and a number of businesses have already voluntarily banned smoking in their outdoor dining areas, with positive results," Ms Adams said.
"The legislation applies to all ignited smoking products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and water-pipes."
"Under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking will be banned in seated outdoor dining areas while food is being served, with NSW Health Authorised Inspectors able to issue on the spot fines of $300 for individuals and penalties of up to $5500 for occupiers who ignore the ban.
"Since the beginning of 2013, smoking has been banned in a number of outdoor public places including all NSW public transport stops and stations, within 10 metres of children's playgrounds, at spectator areas of sporting grounds, at public swimming pools and within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance to or exit from a public building, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000."
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A public notice campaign about smoke-free outdoor dining will start in May.
NSW Health invites businesses to register on health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree for updates about smoke-free outdoor dining and to order free materials including an industry guide and mandatory outdoor 'no smoking' signage.
For further information regarding NSW Health smoke-free legislation, including smoke-free outdoor dining, please call the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412 or visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree
For information on how to quit smoking, visit www.iCanQuit.com.au or ring the Quitline on
13 78 48.