From 7 January 2013 it will be illegal in NSW to smoke in various outdoor public areas. These include transport stops, swimming pools, within 10 metres of children’s playgrounds and within 4 metres of the entrance to public buildings.
The NSW Government Health website explains that 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.
In December 2012, Australia became the first country in the world to introduce compulsory plain cigarette packaging. It is now mandatory for cigarettes to come in plain olive coloured packets with graphic health warnings.