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Tobacco smoking is the greatest single cause of premature death and is a leading preventable cause of morbidity in New South Wales. In 2006, smoking caused an estimated 5,081 deaths and in 2006/07 was responsible for 42,350 hospitalisations in NSW. These hospitalisations were mainly due to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ischemic heart disease.

Non-smokers can also be adversely affected by exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). In children, breathing ETS can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and other illnesses. In adults, breathing ETS can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and other lung diseases. This is in addition to the "irritant" effects of ETS on the eyes, nose, throat and airway passages that arise from the presence of irritant chemicals in tobacco smoke.

The Tobacco Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (external link) 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
  • Commercial outdoor dining areas.
NOTE: The Legislation is administered by NSW Health.

For further information please see

For information on indoor smoking issues go to


Complaints about smoking in areas where there is a smoking ban can be logged in NSW Health's online reporting form at

You can also contact the Tobacco Information Line 1800 357 412 or email

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