Healthy living

Smoking in public places

Enclosed public places smoking prohibitions

From 31 July 2006, the Tobacco Products Control Regulations 2006 (external site) made under the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 (external site) prohibits (bans) smoking in all enclosed public places, including those on licensed premises (places where alcohol can be legally sold).

The only exception to this is the Crown Casino’s International Room.

In addition to venues which were required to be smoke free prior to 31 July 2006 (for example, shopping centres, theatres, airports, cinemas, cafes and restaurants), other venues now required to be smoke free inside include:

  • pubs
  • sporting clubs
  • night clubs
  • licensed restaurants.

Why did the laws change?

The law was changed to further reduce community exposure to second hand smoke (SHS). Numerous scientific studies have shown that exposure to SHS causes or promotes a number of illnesses and diseases, including lung cancer and heart disease.

What action can be taken if someone smokes in an enclosed public place?

The Guide to the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 - Smoking in Enclosed Public Places provides information on enforcement of the law and the steps an occupier (person in charge) of an enclosed public place should follow if someone is smoking.

Outdoor smoking bans

Smoking is banned in the following outdoor public places:

More information

Email the Tobacco Control Branch or phone 1300 784 892.


Tobacco Control Branch

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