The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 bans smoking within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building from 7 January 2013. The ban was delayed for licensed premises, restaurants and cafés until 6 July 2015.
Smoking is already banned in enclosed areas of public places in NSW. The law extends the smoking ban to 4 metres from an entrance used by pedestrians to get into or out of a building, but does not extend into the premises.
In public outdoor settings, such as immediately outside buildings where people congregate, people entering or exiting the building have limited opportunity to avoid second-hand tobacco smoke. Banning smoking in these types of areas is a key measure in reducing community exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, tobacco related harm and the uptake of smoking in NSW.
The smoke-free laws also apply to the use of e-cigarettes (vaping).
Public building is any non-residential building, such as: