MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed the beginning of the state’s ban on smoking in commercial outdoor dining areas and within four metres of pedestrian access to cafes, licensed premises and restaurants.
Mr Marshall said under amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking devices – including cigarettes, pipes and water pipes – were now banned in seated outdoor dining areas while food is being served.
“NSW Health inspectors will now have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of $300 for individuals and penalties of up to $5,500 for business owners who ignore the ban,” Mr Marshall said.
“The government is absolutely committed to protecting our community from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
“Since the start of 2013, smoking has been banned in NSW outdoor public places including all public transport stops and stations, within 10 metres of children’s playgrounds, at spectator areas of sporting grounds, at public swimming pools and within four metres of a pedestrian entrance to or exit from a public building.
“Now we go further, protecting outdoor diners and staff from second-hand smoke.”
Mr Marshall said NSW Health had been working with businesses to prepare them to support compliance.
“It is very pleasing that many businesses voluntarily banned smoking in their outdoor dining areas prior to this week, with positive results,” he said.
“When people are aware of the law, they generally comply and, judging by the high levels of compliance with existing smoking bans (98 per cent), I expect high levels of compliance with smoke-free outdoor dining.”
For further details call the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412 or visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree
To quit smoking, visit www.iCanQuit.com.au or ring the Quitline on 13 78 48.