Smoke-free outdoor dining areas: Fact sheet
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Information about changes to the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 about smoking in public outdoor dining areas
Making outdoor dining areas smoke-free is designed to protect the community from exposure to potentially harmful tobacco smoke. It also increases the comfort and enjoyment of outdoor dining areas for all patrons.
There is a very high level of public support in South Australia for smoke-free outdoor dining.
The Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 was renamed the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997 as of 31 March 2019 and regulates e-cigarettes in the same manner as tobacco. Therefore, smoke-free outdoor dining areas are also free from e-cigarette use.
An outdoor dining area is an unenclosed public area in which tables, or tables and chairs, are permanently or temporarily provided for the purpose of public dining. Public outdoor dining areas include:
Public outdoor dining areas must be smoke-free at all times that food is offered or available.
The ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas applies to all smoking products. This includes:
Yes. Snack food is considered to be pre-packaged food of a kind generally intended to be consumed between meals. Food such as potato crisps, nuts, chocolate bars and packaged biscuits are examples of snack foods. Hot chips and sandwiches are not considered to be snack food.
Signs must be visible stating that the area is smoke-free.
Authorised officers under the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997 will be responsible for enforcing this law.
If smoking occurs in an outdoor dining area in contravention of the Act, the occupier of the premises and the person smoking can be fined. Maximum fines are:
For more information on smoke-free outdoor dining areas, contact SA Health's Health Protection Operations on: