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THOUSANDS FINED FOR SMOKING Live



NSW smokers still aren't butting out in public places.

Nearly 5,200 people have been slapped with fines up to $300 for lighting up in designated smoke-free areas since January 2013, most of them around public transport such as bus stops and train station platforms.

"We understand giving up smoking is hard, but where and when you smoke is a choice," said Dr Jo Mitchell, NSW Health Director of the Centre for Population Health. "Creating smoke-free outdoor areas can also support those who have quit and trying to quit"

At least the number of those pursuing the deadly habit has dropped, with only 16.4 % of adults in NSW smoking compared to 22.5% in 2002. While by mid-2015 all outdoor dining will become smoke-free.

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