ANDERSON: SMOKING BANNED AT SPORTING EVENTS IN NSW
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today reminded the community that smoking at sporting events in New South Wales is no longer allowed.
Mr Anderson said whether you’re attending your daughter’s netball game on the weekend or cheering on your favourite NRL team at a stadium, all sport spectator areas are now smoke-free.
“People may not be aware that smoking is now banned in all outdoor spectator areas of sports grounds during organised sports.
“Sport is all about health and fitness and enjoying time with family and friends. These bans protect everyone from harmful second-hand smoke.
“Big or small, the smoking ban applies to organised sporting events of all sizes.
“A $300 on the spot fine may apply for anyone in breach of this law.
Mr Anderson said that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.
“Families and children make up a large part of sporting crowds and for children in particular, inhaling second-hand smoke is even more dangerous because their airways are smaller and their immune systems are less developed.
“I whole-heartedly support the campaign by NSW Health to create smoke-free outdoor areas like sports grounds and recreational areas, and make smoking less visible to children and young people.
“We can all do our part to make our community a healthier place and I urge everyone to follow the rules when attending sporting events,” Mr Anderson concluded.
To learn more, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree or contact the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.