New Anti-Smoking Laws Start On January 7

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today reminded Baulkham Hills residents that new anti-smoking laws will come into effect on 7 January 2013.

 Mr Elliott said that the new laws will ban smoking in many public places.

“These amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act are a key measure in reducing community exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, tobacco-related harm and the uptake of smoking in NSW,” Mr Elliott said.

Areas which will be declared smoke-free from 7 January include: 

* Areas within ten metres of children’s play equipment in an outdoor public place; 

*Open areas of public swimming pool complexes; 

*Spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas during organised sporting events; 

*At public transport stops and stations, including platforms of passenger railways and light-rail stations, ferry wharves, light-rail stops, bus stops, taxi ranks and the area where people gather or queue to wait for the bus, taxi or light rail; and 

*Within four metres of a pedestrian entrance or exit from a public building (meaning a non-residential building or a building that combines residential and commercial uses).

 From 6 July 2015, smoking will be banned in commercial outdoor dining areas, being: 

*A seated dining area-an area in which seating is provided and in which food that has been purchased and served on plates or packaged for immediate consumption is consumed-but only while food is being consumed or is available for purchase and consumption there; or 

*Within four metres of a seated dining area in licensed premises or at a restaurant; or 

*Within ten metres of where food is sold or supplied for consumption at a food fair.

 Penalties will apply for anyone who fails to comply with the new laws.