Alfresco dining goes smoke free next month

Alfresco dining goes smoke free next month
From 6 July 2015, all commercial outdoor dining areas in New South Wales will be smoke free. This means staff and patrons of Hotels, Clubs, Restaurants and Cafes will be able to work and dine outdoors without being exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke.

Jillian Adams, Health Promotion Manager for the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) said NSW Health was working closely with local businesses to help them get ready for smoke-free outdoor dining.

“There is strong public support for making outdoor dining areas smoke-free and a number of businesses have already voluntarily banned smoking in their outdoor dining areas with positive results,” Ms Adams said.

Last week, NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, said that new NSW Population Health Survey data has highlighted a continued decline in adult smoking rates in NSW – down from 16.4 per cent in 2013 to 15.6 per cent in 2014.

The Dragonfly Café in Lismore has had a smoke free outdoor dining area since Lismore City Council introduced Smoke Free Outdoors Dining leasing arrangements, as part of their smoke free Central Business District (CBD) policy in 2012.

Lisa Yacopetti, Manager of the Dragonfly Café said, “It was a great decision to go smoke free and customers have responded very positively to the change.”

Members of the public are encouraged to remind business owners of their obligations and to notify NSW Health if they observe smoking in dining areas by calling the tobacco information line on:

1800 357 412

Authorised inspectors will be monitoring outdoors dining areas. On the spot fines of $300 may apply to individuals who smoke in a commercial outdoor dining area from 6 July 2015. Penalties of up to $5,500 may apply to business owners if a person is found to be smoking in a commercial outdoor dining area.

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