Smoking Bans at Sports Grounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 6A of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 makes a number of outdoor

public places smoke-free.

From 7 January 2013, smoking is banned in spectator areas at public sports grounds

and other recreational areas in NSW. However, smoking will only be banned when an

organised sporting event is being held.

Major sporting facilities are included under the defi nition of a public sports ground

and will be required to comply with the new law. Other outdoor sporting facilities,

such as Local Council playing fi elds, are also covered by the new law.

Will smoking be banned only in spectator areas which are covered?

No. The smoking ban applies to all spectator areas at sports grounds and other

recreational areas when they are being used for an organised sporting event.

The law applies to both covered and uncovered spectator areas and whether seating

is provided or not.

Will the ban only cover the time that the players are competing?

No. The smoking ban applies during the entire duration of the organised sporting

event. This will include not just when the players are competing but pre match and

half time games and entertainment that form part of the sporting event.

Will there be signage to indicate where smoking is not permitted?

Due to the vast array of different sports grounds and recreational areas, the new law

does not require signs to be displayed to indicate that smoking is not permitted in

spectator areas at sports grounds and other recreational areas during organised

sporting events. However, signage may be required in the future if regulations are

made requiring a class of sports grounds or other recreational area to display signs.

What is a spectator area?

A spectator area is an area set aside for or being used by spectators to watch an

organised sporting event at a sports ground or other recreational area, but only when

an organised sporting event is being held there.

How will this be enforced?

NSW Health is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.

NSW Health Inspectors are authorised to enforce the ban at public sports grounds and recreational areas

during organised sporting events.

Some major sporting facilities have already banned smoking in outdoor seating areas but permit smoking

in designated outdoor smoking areas within the facility. The new law will prohibit smoking in all spectator

areas of the facility, regardless of whether seating is provided or the area is covered. Where major sporting

facilities have already introduced smoke-free outdoor policies which extend beyond the new laws, these can

continue to apply.

Penalties of up to $550 apply to individuals who smoke in spectator areas at public sports grounds or other

recreational areas during organised sporting events.

Why is this new Act in place?

Public sports grounds are a popular public outdoor setting for exercise and recreation and often attract large

numbers of people, particularly families with children.

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. This is the smoke which smokers exhale after

inhaling from a lit cigarette.

In adults, breathing second-hand tobacco smoke can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer

and other lung diseases. It can exacerbate the effects of other illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis. Exposing

ex-smokers to other people’s tobacco smoke increases the chance of relapsing to smoking.

For children, inhaling second-hand tobacco smoke is even more dangerous. This is because children’s airways

are smaller, and their immune systems are less developed, which makes them more likely to suffer negative

health consequences of second-hand tobacco smoke such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.

Creating smoke-free outdoor areas, such as in public sports grounds and recreational areas, can provide a

supportive environment for those who have quit and make smoking less visible to children and young people.

How does this affect Local Council bans on smoking?

Many NSW councils, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993, have progressively

introduced their own smoking bans. Where these bans are in place, they can continue to be enforced

by Local Council rangers




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