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Fresh air zones are here

The new Smokefree policy in Hastings and Napier is getting the backing of some big guns: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.

The Napier and Hastings councils adopted the policy last year, with the roll-out of signs happening in the first half of this year.

Smokefree is the theme for May for GO Bus advertising. Posters reminding bus users that bus stops and shelters should be Smokefree out to a distance of 10m, are also going up.

The policy is non-enforceable, and is about encouraging people who wish to smoke to move away from areas the councils have named ‘fresh air zones’. These include parks, sports grounds, public entrances to council buildings and footpath eating areas.

Retailers with footpath dining in Napier and Hastings are able to use ‘fresh air zone’ signs and stickers advertising the policy.

Advertising the fresh air zones in different ways such as on the GO Buses will go a long way towards making sure the public is informed of the two councils’ joint Smokefree policy, said Napier City Councillor Michelle Pyke.

“This policy is not enforceable, but by approaching it in this way, we’re encouraging smokers to be mindful of non-smokers in public spaces, particularly around children.”

Hastings councillor Cynthia Bower says the policy is about ensuring everyone respects each other, as well as “de-normalising smoking”, particularly for the younger generation.

“We need to make sure that in places people gather the non-smokers are able to be free from smoke and that our children and teenagers see less of it and therefore don’t think it is part of a normal life.”

World Smokefree Day is Tuesday 31st May.

Both Councils adopted the Policy last year. It aligns with central government’s plan for New Zealand to be Smokefree by 2025.

For more information download the Smokefree Policy below.

Smokefree Policy (pdf 696 KB)

9 May 2016

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