Changes to the law on smoke free outdoor areas
New laws on smoke free outdoor areas have been introduced and as a result you can no longer smoke:
- Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public spaces;
- At swimming pools;
- At spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas during organised sporting events;
- At railway platforms, light rail stops, light rail stations, bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry wharves;
- Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to the public entrance of any building
These laws will reduce community exposure to tobacco smoke and challenge the acceptability of smoking as a social norm.
These smoke free areas were chosen as they are public outdoor places that are popular with children and families, can be crowded and there is limited opportunity to avoid breathing in the toxic fumes. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.
For more information:
- Call the Tobacco information line on 1800 357 412
- Visit NSW Health’s website.
Helping you promote the new laws to your customers
- Web banners for your website
To highlight the changes to the law on smoke free outdoor areas locally, the Health Promotion Service has created a variety web banners which are available to upload to your website and specific to your customers:
- Sporting events are smoke free. It’s the law.
- Kids’ play areas are smoke free. It’s the law.
- Taxi ranks are smoke free. It’s the law.
- Your bus stop is smoke free. It’s the law.
- Changes to the law on smoke free outdoor areas.
If you would like to request a banner for your website, email the Health Promotion Service.
- Competition for Junior Sporting Clubs
To encourage Junior Sporting Clubs (clubs) to promote the smoke free message, the Health Promotion Service is running a competition where clubs have the chance to win one of 20 $200 Essential Woolworths vouchers.
- Upload the sporting events are smoke free banner to your website and email your website link to the Health Promotion Service by Friday 31 May 2013.
- If you can’t upload the banner, you can still enter by putting the smoke free message on your website and linking to the NSW Health Fact Sheet.
The Health Promotion Service will randomly draw 20 winning clubs on
Wednesday 12 June 2013. These clubs will be notified by email.
For further information email the Health Promotion Service.
Terms and conditions:
- The competition is open to junior sporting clubs which cater for under 18 year olds and are located within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, which includes Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven Local Government areas.
- The clubs who enter must be not for profit and are only eligible to enter once.
- If a club is unable to upload the web banner, but still promotes the sporting events are smoke free message and links to the NSW Health Fact Sheet, they will be eligible for the prize draw.
- The competition will be randomly drawn on Wednesday 12 June 2013. The random draw of the winners will be final; no correspondence will be entered into.
- Winners will be notified by email.
- Prizes will be posted by registered mail.
- Organisations that enter this competition may have their website used in the promotion of smoke free outdoor areas for publicity.
- The vouchers are not redeemable for cash or transferable and may not be used to purchase cigarettes or alcohol.
- By entering the competition entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.