The risks of smoking
Describes some of the harms of smoking to the individual and others, and provides information on how to quit and seeking support to quit.
Smoking is banned in all enclosed or indoor public places, shared areas and workplaces. Banning smoking in enclosed public areas protects the community from the harmful effects of passive smoking.
Enclosed public areas are smoke-free under the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997.
The Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 was renamed the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997 as of 31 March 2019 and regulates e-cigarettes in the same manner as tobacco. Therefore, enclosed public areas are also free from e-cigarette use.
An area is enclosed if it is fully or partially enclosed by a ceiling/roof and walls such that the combined area of the ceiling and the wall surface exceeds 70% of the total ceiling/wall space.
Materials such as shade sails, umbrellas, shade cloth, lattice and louvers are all considered to enclose as area as they restrict airflow.
A public place or public area is something that is open to, or used by the public, whether access is unrestricted or subject to payment of money, membership of a body or otherwise. For example, the following enclosed public places must be smoke-free:
In some residential facilities, for example units and hostels, there are areas that are used by all tenants, these are considered shared areas. For example, the following enclosed shared areas must be smoke-free:
There is no legislation banning people from smoking outside the front of businesses, however businesses can implement their own smoke-free policies, for example buffer zones and signage around entrances.
To inform the public and to reduce the likelihood of non-compliance and associated penalties for premises and the public, owners and operators should display no-smoking signage to indicate where smoking is not permitted.
If the premises is a private residence, for example a hostel or nursing home, and does not have a smoke-free policy, it may be possible to smoke in some areas, such as in a bedroom, provided the area is not a shared area. Duty of care and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 are some of the things to consider when permitting smoking in private areas.
Areas defined as workplaces or shared areas, such as kitchens, dining areas, industrial workshops and laundries, must be smoke-free.
All South Australian prisons and prison grounds will be smoke free by the end of 2019.
You should first notify your concern to a staff member at the venue.
You can also report a suspected breach by contacting SA Health’s Health Protection Operations.
Authorised officers under the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 are responsible for enforcing this law.
Both the occupier of the premises and the person smoking can be fined. Maximum fines are:
For further information on smoke-free areas, contact SA Health's Health Protection Operations on: