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Commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW are now smoke free

From Monday, 6th July, 2015, after strong public support, NSW has implemented the ‘Smoke-free Environment Act 2000’ and has banned all outdoor smoking in commercial dining areas. These areas include any seated dining area when food is being served, or available to be seated at; or an area within four metres of a seated dining area at a licensed venue, restaurant or café; or within 10 metres of a place at a food fair where food is sold, or supplied for eating at the event. However, ‘no-eating’ areas may be designated but must follow specific guidelines. Any breach may result in a $300 on the spot fine or penalties of up to $5,500.

South Australia will be following NSW’s and introducing a similar legislation in mid-2016 allowing the majority of the state who are non-smokers to enjoy their meals outdoors without being interrupted by the odour or smoke that accompany cigarettes.

To read more: 25 June 2015