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Outdoor smoking bans are recommended1 but some are contentious.2–4 Reasons for outdoor smoking bans include providing a supportive environment for ex-smokers, and, reducing the risk of: acute health effects from secondhand smoke; modelling smoking to young people; and litter and fire risk. Conversely, one argument given against outdoor smoking bans is the low and transient long-term health risk. All Australian jurisdictions have, or intend to have, legislation for smoke-free outdoor areas but the legislation is diverse in terms of which outdoor areas are included and who is responsible for implementation and regulation (ie, State or Local Government). On 31 May 2012, the South Australian Government amended the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 20075 to include smoking bans in …
Contributors All authors conceptualised and designed the study; JD conducted statistical analyses and drafted the manuscript; CM, KE, JB and DR provided advice on data analysis and interpretation and critically reviewed the manuscript; all authors approved the final version.
Funding The study was funded by SA Government.
Competing interests None.
Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by the University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.