Getting set for outdoor smoke-free dining in South Australia

SMOKING: Port Augusta outdoor dining areas will be smoke-free as of July 1, 2016.

SMOKING: Port Augusta outdoor dining areas will be smoke-free as of July 1, 2016.

PORT Augusta outdoor dining areas will be be smoke-free from July 1, 2016.

Under the laws, smoking will be banned in outdoor dining areas at all times food is being offered or provided.

Pre-packaged snack food such as nuts and chips are exempt. 

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos says information kits being distributed to the hospitality industry this week as part of consultation with businesses, community and key health groups. 

“In May 2014, the state government announced all outdoor dining areas would become smoke-free in an effort to reduce the number of South Australian smokers,” Ms Vlahos said. 

“Since then, we have been working closely with the hospitality sector to determine what they need to assist them in complying with the new laws. 

“This week, detailed information, resources and guidelines about the changes are being provided to South Australian businesses. 

“A media campaign to raise public awareness of smoke-free outdoor dining will begin in May.” 

Manager Government Relations and Policy at the Australian Hotels Association, Wendy Bevan, said the hospitality sector has been working closely with SA Health to ensure businesses are ready for smoke-free outdoor dining. 

“Since the initiative was announced in 2014, we have been working to ensure a smooth transition for our staff and hotel customers, to smoke-free outdoor dining,” Ms Bevan said. 

Fines of up to $200 for individuals who smoke in smoke-free areas and up to $1250 for occupiers who ignore the ban. 

New guidelines and resources for the hospitality industry are now available ahead of the 1 July introduction of smoke-free outdoor dining in South Australia at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/tobaccolaws

Information for the public is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/smokefree

FUN FACT

Smoking is also banned in cars carrying children, enclosed public areas, playgrounds and public transport waiting areas.

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