Tobacco legislation is an important and cost-effective approach to tobacco control in NSW. It also complements other tobacco control activities such as education campaigns and cessation programs and in doing so challenges the acceptability of smoking as a social norm.
Tobacco legislation puts NSW in a good position to:
  • Reduce community exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in enclosed public places
  • Reduce the marketing, advertising and promotion of tobacco products and tobacco brands
  • Discourage non-smokers from smoking
  • Limit young people's opportunities to take up smoking.
Authorised Inspectors in Public Health Units across NSW monitor compliance with the tobacco legislation. In NSW, there are several pieces of legislation relating to tobacco control.

Tobacco Legislation Amendment Act 2012

The Tobacco Legislation Amendment Act 2012 amends the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and bans smoking in the following outdoor public places from 7 January 2013:
  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public spaces;
  • Swimming pool complexes;
  • Spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas during organised sporting events;
  • Railway platforms, light rail stops, light rail stations, bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry wharves;
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building; and
  • From 2015, in commercial outdoor dining areas.
A range of factsheets explaining the new laws are now available.

Smoke-free Guide: No smoking within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a building

This guide provides additional information about how to determine where the ban on smoking within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a building applies.
A poster detailing the new reforms is also available.
Posters explaining the new laws at public transport stops and stations and sporting grounds are now available.

Smoke-free Environment Act 2000


Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008

The Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 aims to reduce the incidence of smoking and other consumption of tobacco products and non-tobacco smoking products, particularly by young people. The Public Health (Tobacco) Regulation 2009 supports the Act.

Smoke-free Legislation

The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 requires enclosed public places in NSW to be smoke-free. The documents below may be of particular interest to owners and occupiers of licensed premises.

Smoke-free Cars

From 1 July 2009, smoking in cars with a child under the age of 16 years in the vehicle will be an offence under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008. The following factsheet provides further information about the new law in relation to smoke-free cars.

Need more information

If you would like further information about tobacco legislation in NSW please contact the Tobacco Information Line 1800 357 412 or alternatively email
To make a complaint about a possible breach of NSW tobacco legislation please contact your local Public Health Unit.  

Signs and resources

A range of tobacco resources are available from the Centre Resource Unit, including free signage. For a copy of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 Resource Order Form click here.
Street address
Resources Officer
Building 41
Old Gladesville Hospital
Punt Road
Gladesville NSW 2111
Postal address
Locked Mail Bag 5003
Gladesville NSW 2111
Tel. 02 9879 0443
Fax. 02 9879 0994
Page Updated: Tuesday 20 November 2012