Update on Smoke-Free Laws

Smoke-Free laws in New South Wales became more stringent from 6 July 2015 with smoking in commercial outdoor dining areas now banned.

The Smoke-free Environment Act and its Regulations place controls on smoking in public places.  Smoking is prohibited in the following outdoor public places:

  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places;
  • Public swimming pools;
  • Spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas used for organised sporting events;
  • Public transport stops and platforms , including ferry wharves and taxi ranks;
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.

Public buildings can include shopping centres, malls and plazas; schools, colleges and universities; childcare facilities; community centres, halls and places of worship; theatres, cinemas, libraries and galleries;  accommodation hotels and motels; professional, trade, commercial and other business premises; fitness centres, bowling alleys and other sporting and recreational facilities; and Local, NSW and Federal Government premises.

From 6 July 2015, commercial outdoor dining areas are also smoke-free.

Further information may be found on the New South Wales Health website http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/pages/smokefree.aspx

Creating a healthy community providing opportunities and facilities for a healthy

lifestyle is part of caring for our community which is incorporated in the Lithgow Community Strategic Plan 2026.


Andrew Muir
Group Manager Environment and Development
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259


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