Smoking banned at sporting events

Published: 27 Sep 2016

All sport spectator areas are now smoke-free, and can carry a $300 on-the-spot fine.

The ban applies to all sport events whether it’s a local kids’ netball game or a large event like the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said that sport was all about health and fitness, and enjoying time with family and friends.

“These bans protect everyone from harmful second-hand smoke,” Mr Ayres said.

“Families and children make up a large part of sporting crowds and for children in particular, inhaling second-hand smoke is even more dangerous because their airways are smaller and their immune systems less developed.”

The ban follows a range of smoke-free laws already in place in NSW, such as no smoking:

  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places.
  • In open areas within the perimeter of all public swimming pool complexes.
  • At all public transport bus stops, ferry wharves, taxi ranks, and train and light rail stations.
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance to or exit from a public building.
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