Smoking in public places
New smoke-free zone – Pitt Street Mall
Pitt Street Mall (between Market and King streets) became proudly and permanently smoke-free on Monday 26 September 2016.
The move follows the City's successful year-long smoke-free trial in Martin Place where 4 out of 5 people we surveyed said they wanted the Martin Place trial made permanent and extended to other areas (see results below).
Signs will alert pedestrians to the new smoke-free zone. The change will create a healthier environment for city residents, businesses, workers and visitors.
Martin Place – Proud to be smoke-free
Council endorsed the smoke-free trial in Martin Place becoming permanent at its meeting on 27 June 2016. The 12-month trial aimed to promote civic pride and amenity with a focus on a healthier way of life.
Public survey results
We asked for your feedback during the 12-month smoke-free trial in Martin Place and received just over 500 responses. Our online survey asked 3 questions:
- Do you support the smoke-free trial in Martin Place?
- Would you support an extension of the trial to other areas of the city?
- Are you more or less likely to visit an area if you know it is smoke-free?
The overwhelming majority responded in support of the Martin Place smoke-free trial.
NSW smoke-free legislation
The NSW Government is mainly responsible for regulating smoking in public spaces. City staff are not authorised to enforce NSW smoke-free legislation.
Complaints about smoking in public spaces should be lodged with NSW Health for investigation. To make a complaint about smoking in public spaces call:
1800 357 412
To report smoking at the Pitt Street Mall seating, contact City rangers:
02 9265 9333
You can also read more about smoking laws and initiatives. The City supports NSW Health programs to reduce the public health impacts of smoking.
Smoking laws were changed in 2012 making it illegal to smoke in some outdoor spaces including:
- public transport stops and stations
- around entrances to public buildings
- near children's playgrounds
- near spectators at sports grounds.
Smoking in outdoor dining areas became prohibited in July 2015 and includes smoking bans on footpaths outside licensed cafés and pubs. Smoking is not permitted within 4m of these areas.
Since July 2007, smoking has been prohibited in all enclosed areas of licensed premises open to the public in NSW with the exception of private gaming rooms at The Star casino. NSW Health may impose penalties if a person smokes, or a venue allows someone to smoke, in a smoke-free area.
Stamping out butts
We need fewer cigarette butts on our streets and in our waterways. A City ranger or NSW police officer may fine an individual $80 for discarding an unlit or extinguished cigarette – $200 if it is still alight.
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.
Do you support the smoke-free trial in Martin Place?
Would you support an extension of the trial to other areas of the city?
Are you more or less likely to visit an area if you know it is smoke-free?
Last updated: Friday, 13 May 2016