New e-cigarette laws in place from December 1
01 Dec 2015
NSW Health has advised that from today, it is against the law to use an e-cigarette in a car while a child under the age of 16 is present.
Drivers caught breaking the law will be fined $250 by NSW Police, who will have the power to issue on-the-spot fines.
Christine Newman, Western Sydney Local Health District’s Deputy Director Centre for Population Health, said the ban was part of a number of restrictions introduced in relation to the sale of e-cigarettes and accessories.
“These include a ban on the display and advertising of e-cigarettes and accessories, which also commenced today, and a ban on the sale of these products to minors, which started on September 1 this year,” she said.
“The NSW Government has introduced these laws to protect children from any potential harm associated with e-cigarettes.”
A public education campaign is being undertaken to increase awareness about the law banning the use of e-cigarettes in a car with children present, including radio traffic spots and social media posts.
NSW Health has also written to retailers and key industry organisations to raise awareness about the new bans regarding the display and advertising of e-cigarettes and accessories.
Further information about the new laws is available by calling the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412 or online at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/electronic-cigarettes.aspx.