Smoking bans protect you and your family from the harms of second-hand smoke while dining in outdoor area of clubs, hotels, restaurants and cafés and at food fairs.

The new outdoor smoking bans fall under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000building on by-laws for smoke-free commercial outdoor dining areas as already adopted by many local councils.

What you need to know

  •  Commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW are now smoke-free.
  • Smoking is banned  within 4 metres of a pedestrian entry or exit from a hospitality venue (the ‘4 metre law’).
  • The bans apply to any ignited smoking product including cigarettes, pipes and  water-pipes.
  • Penalties for non-compliance may apply:
    • on the spot fines of $300 for individuals
    • a fine of up to $550 for a business owner who does not display 'no smoking' signs in an outdoor dining area
    • up to $5,500 for a business owner if a customer is found to be smoking in the outdoor dining area.

The campaign

A public education campaign on smoke-free outdoor dining occurred between May and July 2015. Campaign audiences included adults aged 18+ in NSW and the hospitality industry.

Broad objectives of the campaign were to:

  • increase awareness and understanding of the new smoking bans in hospitality venues from 6 July 2015 to promote high compliance; and
  • maintain high community support for the new bans by both smokers and non-smokers.

Campaign advertising​ was undertaken through various channels.

NSW Health worked closely with the hospitality industry and other stakeholders to prepare for the new bans.

For more information about the campaign, see Smoke-free Commercial Outdoor Dining for NSW

Commercial Outdoor Dining Areas - are now smoke-free


Page Updated: Friday 16 September 2016