Smoke Free CBD North Sydney
In 2019 North Sydney Council voted to ban smoking in the North Sydney CBD, making it the first Sydney Council to do so.
Smoking is prohibited in the CBD and is enforceable with a penalty.
Councillors supported the proposal unanimously after feedback from community consultation indicated that the majority of people were in favour of making the whole of the North Sydney CBD smoke free.
Signs were installed in the South no-smoking zone bounded by Walker, Berry and Mount Streets and the Pacific Highway.
Signs also are in the North no-smoking zone bounded by Ridge, Miller and McLaren Streets.
(Additionally, some CBD spots that are not busy thoroughfares were identified to permit smoking. Bins with ashtrays were installed in these areas.)
Smoke-free North Sydney CBD map (144KB)
Background to the Ban
Community consultation was undertaken between October 2018 and February 2019 to determine if there was community support. There were 577 responses with 80% supporting the proposal.
The ban was implemented in two stages.
The first stage focused on spreading awareness of the change and self-regulation for a three-month period. Footpath decals were installed advising people that smoking will be prohibited in the CBD and just North. A further report went to council at the end of this period to review whether self-regulation was working or enforcement was needed.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights that tobacco smoking is one of the largest preventable causes of death and disease in Australia. According to the ABS website:
Tobacco was responsible for 7.8% of the total burden of disease and injury in Australia in 2003, equivalent to around 15,000 deaths per year, and was estimated to cost Australia $31.5 billion in social (including health) and economic costs in 2004-05.
Railway tunnel advertising example: