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Light up at bus stop and cop a $550 fine

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Sneaking in a quick cigarette while waiting for the bus can cost Queanbeyan smokers up to $550 from next week.

Smoking will be banned at all public transport stops and stations in NSW from Monday, including bus stops, railway platforms, ferry wharves, taxi ranks and light rail stations.

The changes are part of new legislation aiming to reduce public exposure to second-hand smoke, Southern NSW Local Health District spokeswoman Emma Woolley said.

"Creating smoke-free outdoor areas, such as public transport stops and stations, can provide a supportive environment for those who have quit and make smoking less visible to children and young people," she said.

Smokers breaking the new laws can be fined up to $550 by NSW Health inspectors.

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