Section 51 and Section 52 of the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 allows local government and other incorporated bodies to identify and apply to have a certain outdoor areas or events declared non-smoking. This will allow the area or event’s non-smoking status to be enforceable under the Act.
Local government and incorporated bodies are strongly encouraged to create smoke-free environments to improve the health of their community and patrons. A smoke-free environment will also send a positive health message to the community and create a cleaner and safer environment.
Local councils and other incorporated bodies can apply to have an outdoor area or event declared smoke-free through the Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) Tobacco Control Unit.
Outdoor areas that could be declared smoke free outdoor areas include town centres, high traffic outdoor shopping precincts and streets, high traffic tourist destinations, or other locations where the public gather.
Events that could become smoke-free include music, craft, food and cultural festivals, events aimed at children and families, outdoor expos, field days, pageants, outdoor markets, sports carnivals or other events where the public gather for an activity.
The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has the power to declare a smoke-free area for a period of up to three days. Examples include football carnivals, fetes, pageants, and other community events. Completed applications for an event of three days or less should be received at least eight weeks before the event
Major and longer-term areas and events will be declared smoke-free by Regulation. Due to the Cabinet and Parliamentary processes required to introduce a Regulation, an application is required at least six months before it is introduced.
Applying to create a declared smoke-free outdoor area or event
Visit the SA Health website for an application guide and fact sheets for creating a declared smoke-free outdoor area or event.
Before applying to create a smoke-free outdoor area or event, call the DASSA Tobacco Control Unit on 08 7425 5000 to discuss your proposal.