Why is Warringah Council going Smoke Free?








Warringah residents and visitors expect a clean, healthy environment.  Our beaches and open spaces are what make Warringah special. A trip to the beach, going for a walk, having something to eat or taking the children to sport is about getting fresh air and living life to the full.


To maintain our clean and healthy environment, Warringah Council is making its beaches and some public spaces such as children’s playgrounds and outdoor sporting areas smoke-free. This means a healthier environment for everyone.


Smoke free space: better for everyone


Smoking – even so-called ‘passive smoking’ – is proven to cause significant health problems.  For children, exposure to tobacco smoke increases the likelihood of SIDS, asthma and ear and chest infections.  For adults, exposure to cigarette smoke increases the chances of developing heart disease and lung cancer.


Cigarette butts pose a major litter issue on our beaches and public areas. They take decades to break down, badly affect marine animals and birds and are very difficult to clean from our beaches.


Warringah’s environment is priceless - let’s keep it that way by keeping cigarette butts away. 



Smoke free starts here


From 1 December 2004 smoking will no longer be acceptable in Warringah in the following areas:


·                  At all ocean beaches

·                  Within 10 metres of all Council owned children’s play areas

·                  At constructed seating areas at sporting grounds and other public areas

·                  Within 10 metres of all Council owned or managed buildings







As a reminder of the law, signage will indicate these Smoke Free Zones.



Please observe and respect the Smoke Free Zones in Warringah. On-the-spot fines of $110 may apply to members of the public found smoking in the Zones.



Cleaner.  Healthier.  Happier.

Other Councils are working with us to make the northern beaches a better place to live and visit. Help us work together to make our local communities cleaner and healthier places to be.

For further information contact:


Warringah Council

725 Pittwater Road

Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 9942 2518 Fax: 9942 2691

Email: warringah@smokefreecouncils.com.au 

Web: www.warringah.nsw.gov.au

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