New Smoke-free and Vape-free Outdoor Area Laws

From 1 March 2024, new laws ban smoking and vaping in a variety of public outdoor areas in South Australia. Regulations under the South Australian Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997 (PDF 1254KB) are being introduced to address risks associated with passive tobacco smoking and passive inhalation of e-cigarette aerosol.

This will occur through the creation of smoke-free and vape-free areas in the following areas:

  • at early childhood services premises, and education and children’s services facilities (including schools), and within ten (10) metres of their boundaries
  • at and within ten (10) metres of non-residential building entrances, such as entrances to shopping centres, government and commercial buildings
  • at public hospitals and health facilities, private hospitals and residential aged care facilities, and within ten (10) metres of their boundaries
    (note: the regulation for residential aged care facilities will come into operation 12 months after the day on which the other regulations are made)
  • within outdoor public swimming facilities
  • at major events venues declared under the Major Events Act 2013
  • at and within ten (10) metres of a sporting venue during an organised underage sporting event, training or practice session   
  • on beaches between and within fifty (50) metres of red and yellow patrol flags, and under (and within five (5) metres of) jetties.

Download the guide to the new smoke-free and vape-free laws (PDF 4MB).

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