Those choosing to quit smoking this year may find stubbing out the cigarette a little easier, with NSW enacting a smoking ban in several areas on January 7.
Amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act have seen smoking banned from swimming pool complexes, light rail stations, railway platforms and ferry wharves, bus stops and taxi ranks, and spectator areas in sports grounds.
Locations such as playgrounds will also be smoke-free, with the act banning people lighting up within ten metres of children's play equipment. Smoking also isn't allowed within four metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.
State health minister Jillian Skinner said that the tobacco strategy is one of the most advanced in Australia.
"Taking steps to limit people’s exposure to second-hand smoke in outdoor public places is a key step in efforts to minimise tobacco smoking in our society," Mrs Skinner said.
"Smoking is the leading cause of premature death and disability in NSW and we hope to prevent those who have quit smoking from relapsing."
Mrs Skinner said that smoking-related illness accounts for over 5,000 deaths and 44,000 hospitalisations in NSW per year.
The smoking ban in public places will extend to commercial outdoor dining areas in licensed restaurants and cafes in 2015.
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