Hobart residents and visitors expect a clean and healthy environment. The City of Hobart has designated some smoke-free public places and smoke-free alfresco dining areas to make the city a cleaner and healthier place to live and visit.
Smoke-Free Alfresco Dining Areas
From August 2011 smoking is no longer permitted in all alfresco dining and drinking areas on Council managed land.
While business proprietors and their staff are responsible for ensuring that their alfresco dining areas remain smoke-free, patrons are encouraged to observe the ban and support businesses and the Council to help make our city a cleaner and healthier place to be.
Smoke-Free Public Places
From 1 August 2010 smoking will no longer be permitted in the following public places:
Smoke Free Pedestrian Malls
Smoking is not permitted at any time in the following pedestrian malls and bus malls located in Hobart's CBD area:
- Elizabeth Mall
- Wellington Court
- Hobart Bus Mall
The Council has installed 'No Smoking' signs on the footpaths and on traffic poles throughout these malls to inform the public of the smoking bans. You can download the Smoke Free Pedestrian Malls map that clearly identifies where these smoke free public places are located.
The Council has produced a Public Information Brochure that provides useful information relating to these smoking bans.
These smoking bans have been in place since 1 August 2010.
Smoke Free Outdoor Dining Areas
Smoking is not permitted at any time in outdoor dining areas of businesses such as cafes, hotels, wine bars and take away outlets that are located on Council managed land, such as public footpaths. The smoking bans apply to both non-licensed and licensed businesses and remain in effect whenever these outdoor areas are available for use by the public.
You can access a map of the businesses with outdoor dining areas Occupational Outdoor Dining Map located on Council managed land. This map also includes an up-to-date site location of cigarette butt bins.
An Outdoor Dining Area Patron Brochure and Frequently Asked Questions sheet have been developed for your information about the smoking bans.
These smoking bans have been in place since 1 August 2011.
Smoke Free Council Car Parks
Smoking is not permitted in any of the following Council owned enclosed public car parks:
- Argyle Street Car Park
- Centrepoint Car Park
- Hobart Central Car Park
- Salamanca Square Car Park
You can download the map of Carpark Locations that clearly identifies where these smoke free public places are located. The Council has installed 'No Smoking' signs throughout these car parks to inform the public of the smoking bans.
Anyone visiting the Town Hall or Council Customer Service Centre to attend to Council-related business should be aware that smoking is not permitted on the:
Smoke Free Council Owned Playgrounds
Smoking is not permitted in any of Council's playgrounds. You can download the Parks and Playgrounds Map that clearly identifies where these smoke free public places are located.
The Council has erected appropriate public signage that discourages smoking within ten (10) metres of playground facilities located within Council reserves or on other Council managed land.
These smoking bans have been in place since 2008.
For further information, contact the Council's Environmental Health Unit on (03) 6238 2715.
State Government Tobacco Controls
From 1 March 2012, additional smoke-free areas were introduced in Tasmania. Aimed at reducing exposure to harmful second-hand cigarette smoke, they cover places where people-especially children-gather. Smoke-free areas now include bus and pedestrian malls, bus shelters, outdoor-dining areas, sports venues, patrolled beaches, public swimming pools and children's playgrounds. For more information, go to www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/tobacco_control
Under the Public Health Act 1997, the Director of Public Health has the authority to designate classes of public events as smoke-free. A list of these events can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.
Smoke Free Public Event Resources
To assist you in managing your public smoke free event, DHHS provides a range or resources inlcuding signage and smoke free event management plan templates. These resources can be found here www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/tobacco_control/publications