Health Minister Jillian Skinner reminded people throughout NSW that smoking is now banned in many new locations including playgrounds, transport stops and swimming pools.
SOURCE | Media Release | Jillian Skinner MP
Recent amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act mean that from today smoking will be banned; within 10 metres of children’s play equipment, at swimming pool complexes, in spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas, on railway platforms, light rail stations and ferry wharves, at bus stops and taxi ranks and within four metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.
Mrs Skinner said the NSW Tobacco Strategy is one of the most advanced in the country. “Smoking-related illness accounts for around 5,200 deaths and 44,000 hospitalisations per year in NSW and costs about $8 billion annually,” Mrs Skinner said.
“Taking steps to limit people’s exposure to second-hand smoke in outdoor public places is a key step in efforts to minimise tobacco smoking in our society.
“Smoking is the leading cause of premature death and disability in NSW and we hope to prevent those who have quit smoking from relapsing.”
The ban on smoking in public places will be extended to commercial outdoor dining areas in licensed premises, restaurants and cafes from July 2015. “The NSW Government has already demonstrated its commitment to reducing smoking and its impact in our community, by establishing ambitious targets to continue to reduce smoking,” Mrs Skinner said.
Anyone wishing to quit smoking should contact the NSW Quitline on 13 78 48.