Smoking and using e-cigarettes is banned in all enclosed public areas and certain outdoor public areas, under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016.
Tobacco and e-cigarette retailing laws in NSW regulate the packaging, advertising and display of tobacco products (including shisha), e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories,
non-tobacco smoking products, and ban the supply of these products to children.
Select the area where smoking was seen *
Did you know? The ban on smoking applies to covered and uncovered areas of transport stops and platforms, including the area where people queue or gather.
The ban on smoking applies to covered and uncovered designated spectator areas during organised sporting events.
Did you know? The ban on smoking applies to within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in covered and uncovered outdoor public places.
Did you know? The ban on smoking applies to open areas of public swimming pool complexes.
Did you know? The ban on smoking applies to within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance or exit from a public building (non-residential building or a building that combines residential and commercial uses).
Please note: 'food' does not include drink under the Act. This means that consumption of drinks only is permitted in an outdoor area of a licenced premises, restaurant or cafe where smoking occurs.
It is not against the law to pass through a smoke-free area with a lit cigarette.
Did you know? Smoking and using e-cigarettes is banned in all enclosed public areas including in shopping centres, cinemas, libraries, trains and buses.
Did you know? The NSW Health Smoke-free Health Care Policy bans smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, in all NSW Health buildings, grounds and vehicles. Note the policy excludes private health
What type of transport stop or station? *
What type of Commercial outdoor dining area? *
Which of the following best describes your complaint?*
There is a ban on the sale of tobacco products, non-tobacco smoking products, e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to anyone under 18.
All tobacco sold must be packaged correctly with appropriate health warnings.
The sale and use of e-liquid nicotine, including in e-cigarettes, is against the law.
Certain advertising is prohibited, including shopper loyalty programs.
Retailers must ensure that members of the public cannot see any tobacco, non-tobacco smoking products and e-cigarette, or their accessories, from inside or outside the premises.
Other tobacco or e-cigarette retailing complaint.*
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This may be the name of a park, public building, restaurant, pub, hospital, train platform or bus stop e.g. Prince Alfred Park, Westfield Shopping Centre, Bondi Junction bus interchange Stand A.
(eg. 200 Pitt Street)
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