Two months until outdoor dining is smoke-free

14 May 2015

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is reminding the community from July 6 2015, all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW, including hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be smoke-free, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.

This means staff and patrons of hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to work and dine outdoors without being exposed to harmful second-hand tobacco smoke.

Population Health director, Christine Newman, said WSLHD is working closely with local businesses to help them get ready for smoke-free outdoor dining.

“There is strong public support for making outdoor dining areas smoke-free and a number of businesses have already voluntarily banned smoking in their outdoor dining areas, with positive results,” she said.

Ms Newman said the legislation applies to all ignited smoking products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and water-pipes.

The Sahra by the River restaurant in Parramatta has already phased out smoking, including water-pipes, from their outdoor dining area.

Proprietor, Talal Alamein, implemented the change because, as a grandfather, he is concerned about the harm of smoking to future generations.

Smoke Free Dining

Under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking will be banned in seated outdoor dining areas while food is being served, with NSW Health authorised inspectors able to issue on the spot fines of $300 for individuals and penalties of up to $5500 for occupiers who ignore the ban.

NSW Health invites businesses to register on health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree for updates about smoke-free outdoor dining and to order free materials including an industry guide and mandatory outdoor ‘no smoking’ signage.

For further information regarding NSW Health smoke-free legislation, including smoke-free outdoor dining, please call the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412 or visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree  

For information on how to quit smoking, visit www.iCanQuit.com.au or ring the Quitline on 13 78 48.