Smoke-free playgrounds

Smoking is banned within 10 metres of children's public playground equipment.

Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997

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, children's public playground equipment is also free from e-cigarette use.

What is the law?

A person must not smoke or use an e-cigarette within 10 metres of children's playground equipment located in a public area. This includes playgrounds at public parks, schools, sporting venues, restaurants, hotels and businesses.

This ban helps to prevent children thinking that smoking is normal.

Are skate parks, BMX tracks and outdoor exercise equipment included in the ban?

No, these areas are not considered children's playground equipment and are not included in the ban.

Why is the smoke-free zone within 10-metres of playground equipment?

The 10-metre zone aligns with smoking bans for children's playground equipment in several other States.

Does the 10-metre zone cross into private residences?

No, private residential properties are excluded from this law.

Does the 10-metre zone cross fences and boundaries?

Yes, if the area beyond the fence or boundary is a public area.

What if there isn't a sign?

Even where there are no signs, smoking is still prohibited. 'No Smoking' or 'Smoking Prohibited' signs may be erected or displayed in the vicinity of children's playground equipment to indicate that smoking is not permitted within 10 metres of the playground equipment.

Who enforces this law?

Authorised officers under the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997 are responsible for enforcing this law.

What is the fine?

An expiation notice of $105 can be issued. The maximum fine is $750.

Information and support to quit smoking

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Further information

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