During the coming weeks, NSW Health staff will be visiting health facilities and sites within the Western NSW Local Health District, to implement a monitored and targeted education program aimed at increasing compliance with new anti-smoking laws.
From 7 January 2013 it became illegal for people to smoke in the following outdoor areas under the Smoke Free Environment Act 2000:
- Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment
- Swimming pool complexes
- Spectator areas of sporting grounds
- Public transport stops and stations
- Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building
These laws were designed to provide the community with a healthier environment, free of second-hand smoke.
The educational program will involve NSW Health staff spending time and collecting data at the areas where smoking is now prohibited. Staff will also be giving out educational material and cautionary notices to anyone smoking in these areas.
The Coordinator of Environmental Health Services for the Western NSW LHD, Ingo Steppat, believes this will be an effective way of getting people to comply with the new laws.
“Using an educational approach will be a good way of helping people to become familiar with these laws and get the message out that you can no longer smoke in these places.
“From our observations during this program we should also get a good understanding of the impact the introduction of these laws has already had in the community,” Mr Steppat said.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact
Coordinator Environmental Health Services Ingo Steppat on 6841 5579 or 0408 692 128.