Smoking and using e-cigarettes are banned in all enclosed public areas and certain outdoor public areas, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016. These bans protect people from harmful second-hand tobacco smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.
Smoking and using e-cigarettes are banned in all enclosed public areas including in shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, trains and buses.
Smoking and using e-cigarettes are banned in the following outdoor public areas:
Smoke-free guide: No smoking within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a building provides information on which buildings are applicable.
Smoking and using e-cigarettes on public transport vehicles suchas trains, buses, light rail, ferries is also banned under the Passenger Transport (General) Regulation 2017.
The ban on smoking and using e-cigarettes in outdoor public areas have been have made because:
Owners and occupiers of the following outdoor public places must ensure that adequate ‘No Smoking’ signs are displayed in:
NSW Health inspectors conduct regular compliance monitoring and enforcement activity. They can issue cautions or on the spot fines of $300 to people who break the smoking bans.
Inspectors can also provide education to the public on smoking bans, and work with property and building owners to display smoke-free signage and remove butt bins, where appropriate.
If you think a smoking ban has been broken, please let us know by completing the online reporting form.
It is an offence to smoke or use an e-cigarette in a car with children under age of 16 years in the vehicle. NSW Police enforce these bans.
Further information is available from these fact sheets: