Second-hand smoke causes adverse health effects – including cancer – and any level of exposure is unsafe.
In Australia, only a small minority of households with children and non-smokers allow tobacco smoking inside the home.
However, second-hand smoke transfer (or smoke drift) can move between nearby dwellings causing a nuisance and potential health issues for neighbouring residents.
In NSW, exposure to a neighbour’s tobacco smoke within the home is widespread across housing types, but most common in apartments.
The rules and regulatory frameworks to address second-hand smoke transfer (or smoke drift) differs across environments, or housing type in NSW.
For specific information relating to smoke free housing see options below:
1 Greenhalgh E, Scollo M, Winstanley M. Tobacco in Australia Facts and Issues: Smoking Bans in the Home and Car [Internet]. Tobacco in Australia; 2022 [cited 2022 Sep 23]. Available from: https://www.tobaccoinaustralia.org.au/chapter-15-smokefree-environment/15-6-domestic-environments