Smoke clears at eateries
HOSPITALITY WORKERS WELCOME DECISION FORCING PATRONS TO BUTT OUT
SMOKERS have less than six weeks to butt out within four metres of outdoor eateries at cafes, restaurants, clubs and hotels.
From July 6, all commercial outdoor dining areas in NSW will be smoke-free.
NSW Health director of the Centre for Population Health Jo Mitchell said this meant staff and patrons of hotels, clubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to work and dine outdoors without being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Owner of St Marys cafe Cassandra’s on Queen, Cassandra Ratcliffe, said she expected the ban would also be good for business.
“Most of the people who do come and smoke here might buy one coffee and sit for two hours smoking, and other people are put off by the smoke,” Miss Ratcliffe said.
“Most of my customers will complain because of the smell of the smoke coming in when the doors are open, and I must admit I don’t like it either.”
Dr Mitchell said NSW Health was working closely with local businesses to help them get ready for smokefree outdoor dining.
“There is strong public support for making outdoor dining areas smoke-free and a number of businesses have already voluntarily banned smoking in their outdoor dining areas, with positive results,” Dr Mitchell said.
She said the legislation applies to all ignited smoking products, including ciga- rettes, cigars, water pipes.
Under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, smoking will be banned in seated outdoor dining areas while food is being served, with NSW Health Authorised In-
and spectors able to fine individuals $300 and issue penalties of up to $5500 for occupiers who ignore the ban.
Cafe owner Cassandra Ratcliffe welcomes the smoking ban,