SMOKERS were banned from puffing away in Parramatta's outdoor cafe and restaurants from the first of the month, but whether the prohibition can be enforced remains to be seen.
Along Granville's South Street people have divided into two camps; those who do, and those who don't.
Susie Tahan, at Awafi Charcoal Chicken, is happy to let her customers puff away on a cigarette in the shop's outdoor area.
"A lot of people like to go outdoors for a smoke," she said.
"Customers, where are they supposed to go, really?
"They want to enjoy a coffee and have a smoke.
"They're not allowed inside, not allowed outside.
"Where do they go?"
The restaurant manager said she believed many small businesses like hers would have to close if smokers were turned away.
Sitting outside at her shop, Tom Adam was happily enjoying a cigarette and coffee.
He disagreed with the council's ban, despite years of trying to give the habit away and failing.
"Where's the bloody freedom?" he asked.
Further along South Street, there was no one smoking at Andre Estephan's El Jannah restaurant.
"It has always been banned in our restaurant," the proprietor said.
"Imagine an ashtray and you're eating beside it . . . it doesn't match, not good for the appetite."
His customers agreed.
"I'm all for it," Hamed Marial said.
"It's better without smoke."
The Land and Environment Court will hear restaurateurs' cases for the smoking ban to be lifted on June 7.