Having a smoke in a NSW national park may now cost you $300

SMOKING in national parks will be banned and $300 fines will apply, Environment Minister Rob Stokes has announced.

Mr Stokes said the ban would apply to picnic areas, camping grounds, beaches, lookouts, walking tracks and on national parks roads.

The ban would reduce litter and diminish bushfire risk.

"This move will reduce litter and help to keep communities safer," he said.

"We have 860 national parks in NSW which protect our most beautiful and most popular natural areas. We want to make sure they are safe and healthy for everyone."

Police and Emergency Services Minister Stuart Ayres recently announced that the penalty for littering lighted cigarettes had doubled from $330 to $660.

The fine jumps from $660 to $1320 if someone discards a lit cigarette on a Total Fire Ban day.

Under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation, you can be fined $300 for smoking where the ban applies.

National Parks and Wildlife Service has set up an information page on the ban and the fines.

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