Environmental Tobacco Control

Tobacco smoking is a leading preventable cause of illness and death in NSW. NSW Health continues to implement a comprehensive strategy to tobacco control to reduce rates of smoking.

Activities as part of the strategy include:

  • a State-wide “controlled purchase operation” program which aims to reduce the availability of tobacco products to children under the age of 18
  • advice and enforcement of the Smoke Free Environment Act to reduce the health impacts of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) in public places
  • advice and enforcement of tobacco advertisements.

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:

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