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Smoking and the City

Smoking and the City

Smoking restrictions

The City of Sydney and the NSW Government are working to make the City a healthier place to live, work and socialise.

This includes restricting smoking in food and drink venues.

Smoke-free Sydney

Since 2 July 2007, smoking has been prohibited in all enclosed areas of licensed premises that are open to the public in NSW.

Private gaming rooms at The Star Sydney Casino are exempt.

Penalties apply if a person smokes or a venue allows someone to smoke in a smoke-free area.

Stamping out butts

The City wants fewer cigarette butts on our streets and in our waterways.

A City ranger or NSW police officer can fine people $60 for throwing away an unlit or extinguished cigarette, and $200 for one still lit.

Personal ashtrays are available free from our Neighbourhood Service Centres.

The City will supply businesses with 1 free wall-mounted ashtray to attach to their building’s exterior.


To obtain more information or to make a complaint, contact your local Public Health Unit or the Tobacco Information Line.

NSW Health – Tobacco Information Line
1800 357

Last updated: Friday, 7 September 2012