Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

DRIVE-THROUGH cus­tomers at McDon­ald’s will be forced to butt out be­fore or­der­ing their food at some restau­rants.

The com­pany has al­ready im­ple­mented smok­ing bans at some sites in ac­cor­dance with State Gov­ern­ment laws ban­ning smok­ing within 4m of out­side din­ing ta­bles.

Eastern Creek McDon­ald’s has in­stalled a “No Smok­ing” sign in its driv­ethrough lane. Res­tau­rant man­ager Ie­sha Ceapa said smok­ing af­fected other cus­tomers as well as em­ploy­ees.

MCDON­ALD’S driv­ethrough cus­tomers will be forced to put their cig­a­rettes out when or­der­ing from some sites of the fast food gi­ant.

Eastern Creek McDon­ald’s, on the M4, has put “No Smok­ing” signs up at their drive-through and man­ager Ie­sha Ceapa said staff had no­ticed the dif­fer­ence.

“At our res­tau­rant es­pe­cially, cus­tomers come through drive-through ei­ther on their phone or smok­ing,” Ms Ceapa said.

“Yes it does af­fect the in­di­vid­ual but the smell also gets into the res­tau­rant. I try to get my staff to make cus­tomers aware of the laws.”

In ac­cor­dance with the State Gov­ern­ment’s new smok­ing laws, McDon­ald’s restau­rants across NSW have banned smok­ing from any area within 4m where food is served.

A McDon­ald’s spokes­woman said the signs were at the dis­cre­tion of the li­censee.

“In line with new out­door smok­ing laws, McDon­ald’s restau­rants also en­force a no-smok­ing area within 4m of din­ing ar­eas,” the spokes­woman said.

“Some of our restau­rants are also ask­ing cus­tomers not to smoke at driv­ethrough win­dows.”

The new laws, which came into ef­fect on July 1, em- power NSW Health In­spec­tors to is­sue on-the-spot fines of up to $300 per in­di­vid­ual of­fender and $5500 fines for com­pa­nies which fail to com­ply.

A spokes­woman for Safety Re­turn to Work and Sup­port said McDon­ald’s was en­ti­tled to en­sure a safe work en­vi­ron­ment for its staff.

“McDon­alds are able to en­force smok­ing bans as de­tailed in the Smoke-free En­vi­ron­ment Act 2000 and the Smoke-free En­vi­ron­ment Reg­u­la­tion 2007 by no­ti­fy­ing NSW Health – as can any McDon­ald’s cus­tomer,” the spokes­woman said.

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