New smoking bans bring NSW in line with other states
SMOKING in public has become even tougher in NSW where bans on lighting up in popular outdoor areas came into force on Monday.
Playgrounds, bus stops, taxi ranks, swimming pools and sports arenas are among the places where smokers will have to resist the temptation or face fines.
A smoke-free zone will also be enforced within four metres of any public building.
The laws bring NSW in line with other states where stricter smoking bans have been in place for years.
In Queensland, smoking at restaurants and bars is already a thing of the past but diners in NSW have until 2015 to get used to the idea.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner said smoking-related illnesses accounted for around 5200 deaths and 44,000 hospitalisations per year in NSW and cost the state about $8 billion annually.
She said taking steps to minimise people's exposure to second-hand smoke in outdoor areas was a key step in minimising tobacco related illness.
More information is available at health.nsw.gov.au or through Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.
Anyone wishing to quit smoking can phone NSW Quitline on 13 78 48.
- At playgrounds
- At swimming pool complexes
- In spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas
- On railway platforms, light rail stations and ferry wharves
- At bus stops and taxi ranks
- Within 4m of a pedestrian access point to a public building