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Smoke Free Areas

Leichhardt Council is smoke free at all council-leased outside dining areas.  Council worked with local businesses to help them get ready to put the smoke free policy into place, and received a great deal of support from diners and businesses. 

From 6 July 2015 the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 administered by NSW Health makes a number of outdoor public places smoke-free. This applies to all outdoor dining areas, not just those that are council-leased. From this date smoking is not permitted in a commercial outdoor dining area, being:

  • a seated dining area
  • within 4 metres of a seated dining area on licensed premises, a restaurant or café
  • within 10 metres of a food fair stall
The new law includes a ban on smoking within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building which includes licensed premises, restaurants and cafés.

Read the Smoke-Free Commercial Outdoor Dining Facts

Read the Smoke-Free Public Building Access Facts

Smoke Free Zone Signage

Smoke free zones display the following signs:

Smoke Free Areas Poster 2 Smoke Free Areas Poster 1

Smoking risks

Smoking – even so-called ‘passive smoking’ – significantly impacts our health with dozens of cancer-causing chemicals.   

For children, exposure to tobacco smoke increases the likelihood of SIDS, asthma and ear and chest infections. For adults, sustained exposure to this smoke increases the chances of developing heart disease and lung cancer.

Second-hand smoke in outdoor areas presents a serious health risk to the public and staff. With more than 82 per cent of New South Wales residents being non-smokers, Council is responding to community expectations.

This smoking ban is a positive and important step forward towards improving public health. Now, Leichhardt’s popular alfresco culture will be even more welcoming to residents and visitors who increasingly expect to dine smoke-free and breathe easily. 

Fast Facts from Cancer Council study 2011

  • Over 82% of NSW residents are non-smokers and the numbers are growing
  • 8 out of 10 people in NSW now support smoke-free outdoor dining
  • 65% of NSW residents surveyed said they avoided places where they may be exposed to other people’s smoke
  • In Qld, outdoor eating and drinking venues have been smoke-free since July 2006
  • 38% of males and 43% of females said they would frequent a venue more often if it banned smoking in outdoor areas according to a recent NSW Health survey. 
  • Council's Smoke Free Zones

The following areas will continue to be smoke-free zones:

  • Within 10m of all Council owned children’s play areas.
  • On and around all Council sporting grounds and playing fields
  • Within 10 metres of all Council properties
  • At all Council events

Smoking will still be allowed in privately owned outdoor dining areas, including outdoor dining areas at hotels and clubs, until State legislation changes on 6 July 2015 when commercial outdoor dining areas will be required to be smoke-free.

Public Transport Stops and Stations

From 7 January 2013, there are new requirements in NSW making public transport stops and stations smoke-free.

NSW Health are responsible for the management of these areas including platforms of passenger railways and light rail stations, ferry wharves, light rail stops, bus stops, taxi ranks and the area where people gather or queue to wait for the bus, taxi or light rail. 

For more information or to make a complaint concerning smoking at public transport stops and stations, please visit the NSW Health website at: or contact the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.  The Tobacco Information Line can be accessed by non-English speaking persons via the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50.

Further information

Read the Smoke Free Alfresco Dining flyer (1.48MB) 
Read the No Smoking FAQ for businesses (81.95kB)

Environmental & Public Health Officer on or 02 9392 5000
Cancer Council -  02 9334 1900
Heart Foundation (NSW Division) -  02 9219 2444
Health NSW - 02 9391 9000