Outdoor Smoke-Free Areas
Smoke-Free Public Transport Waiting Areas
From 1 October 2017, smoking or vaping is banned at all public transport stations and public transport stops in the ACT. The smoking ban is made by the Chief Minister and the Minister of Health and Wellbeing under the Smoke-Free Public Places Act 2003.
Smoking is banned within 5 metres of all public transport stops and at all transport stations in the ACT. This includes all platforms of passenger railways and light rail stations, bus stops and bus stations, taxi ranks and bus stop seating areas. The ban applies regardless of whether the area is covered or uncovered.
More information regarding the smoke-free ban can be found here
Smoking or vaping is banned at the following public transport stations:
- Cohen Street Bus Station
- Westfield (Belconnen) Bus Station
- Belconnen Community Bus Station
- City Bus Station except between the hours of 11:00pm and 6:00am
- Woden bus Station
- Tuggeranong Bus Station
- Dickson Bus Station
- Jolimont Bus Station
- Canberra Railway Station, Kingston
Smoke-free signage will be displayed at all public transport stations to raise awareness about the ban.
Smoke-free public transport station maps showing the boundary for the smoke-free zones at all bus and train stations in the ACT can be found here.
Smoke-Free Public Transport Waiting Areas - Community Consultation 2017
Between 24 February and 7 April 2017 ACT Health conducted a public consultation on whether public transport waiting areas across the ACT should be made smoke-free.
The consultation sought community feedback on banning smoking within five meters of all publicly and privately owned transport waiting areas, including bus and coach interchanges, residential bus stops, taxi ranks, light rail stations and train stations.
583 submissions (581 complete submissions) were provided to the consultation, including 564 from individuals and 17 from organisations.
Respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal to make ACT public transport waiting areas smoke-free, with 93 per cent in favour of the proposed policy option.
You can view a summary of the submissions here: Analysis Summary - Smoke Free Public Transport Waiting Areas Community Consultation Outcomes
Outdoor Smoke-Free Areas - Community Consultation 2015
ACT Health conducted a public consultation between 5 November to 17 December 2015 on options for new smoke-free areas at outdoor public places in the ACT.
The consultation sought community feedback on the need for new smoke-free areas at public play spaces/playgrounds, skate parks, bus stops and stations, public building entrances, sporting events, and outdoor public swimming pools that are privately owned.
The ACT Government is committed to protecting the health of the community and ensure that all Canberrans can enjoy public amenities without exposure to second-hand smoke.
107 submissions (103 complete submissions) were received to the consultation, including from individuals, public health organisations, businesses and a community group.
You can view a summary of the submissions here: Outdoor Smoke-Free Areas consultation outcomes