Dear Valued Patrons,
As of July 6 2015 there are changes to the smoking laws in NSW.
Smoking is not permitted in a commercial outdoor dining area.
No Smoking near entrances to, or exits from, a public building, known as (the 4 metre law)
If you need any assistance in understanding how this affects the use of any of our facilities please speak with one of our friendly staff.
Smoke-free Environment Act 2000
The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 bans smoking in enclosed public places and certain outdoor public areas. These bans protect people from harmful second hand tobacco smoke – the smoke which smokers exhale after inhaling from a lit cigarette. There is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke.
The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 also bans smoking in the following outdoor public places:
- Within 10 metres of childrens play equipment in outdoor public places;
- Public swimming pools;
- Spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas used for organised sporting events;
- Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.
From 6 July 2015, commercial outdoor dining areas will also be smoke-free.
Provision for smoking bans in these outdoor public areas have been have made because:
- they are often visited by children and families and they can be crowded;
- they allow limited opportunity for people to avoid second hand smoke;
- this approach will achieve an important reduction in many peoples exposure to second hand smoke;
- this approach will create a more supportive environment for those who have quit.
For more information please go to health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree