Patrolled beaches often attract large numbers of people, particularly families with children. Smoking on these beaches can expose others to the effects of passive smoking.
Importantly, banning smoking on patrolled beaches sends a strong message about not smoking around children, supports social change and helps create an environment where non-smoking is the norm.
Since 1 January 2005, smoking is illegal between the flags on a patrolled beach.
A patrolled beach is a beach on which red and yellow flags mark the boundaries for safe swimming. The smoking ban includes the area between the flags and down to the water and then back behind the flags to any road or park.
For details on this law go to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998.