Smoke clears at eater­ies


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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,

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