From 6 July, 2015 all commercial dining areas in NSW, including cafes, restaurants, hotels and clubs will be smoke free under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.
Dr Jo Mitchell, NSW Health director of the Centre for Population Health, said that the ban represents the next step that the NSW Government is making in efforts to protect members of the public from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
Mitchell says, "There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Research has shown individuals in typical public outdoor dining areas may be exposed to high levels of second-hand smoke. Creating smoke-free outdoor areas reduces exposure to second-hand smoke and can support those who have quit and are trying to quit. It also makes smoking less visible to children and young people."
While food is being served, all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and water-pipes will be banned in seated outdoor dining areas under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000. On the spot fines of $300 will apply to individuals while fines of up to $5500 will apply to business owners who ignore the ban.