Southern Air to Get Fresher

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Twenty cafes in Otago & Southland will be making their outdoor spaces smokefree this summer as part of a pioneering pilot.

Rachael Hart, CEO of the Cancer Society, says this unique outdoor dining project has now come to Otago & Southland, and will let Southerners and visitors experience the benefits of smokefree outdoor dining.

“The vast majority of Southerners, around eighty-five per cent, don’t smoke, and research shows that they want to be able to enjoy outdoor dining without the smoke”, says Rachael.

Her comments are reinforced by those participating in the programme. Sarah Hussey, from The Perc Central in Dunedin, says she saw being involved in the pilot as an extension to what they were doing anyway “For The Perc Central, the benefit of going smokefree is greater comfort for a greater number of customers.”

Jane Shaw, owner of Provisions of Arrowtown and The Boatshed Café in Queenstown comments echo Sarah’s “Great food, great coffee and great settings don’t go well with a smoking environment. We are family-friendly and want to look after our whanau”.

Victoria Lethbridge owner of Frank's Eatery and Frank’s Pantry in Queenstown says for her businesses “With such an open eatery we want to make sure all our customers can enjoy their dining experience in clean air”.

Please show your support for the hospitality venues who have made their outdoor spaces smokefree, and visit www.freshairproject.org.nz, the Facebook Page (search The Fresh Air Project) or @smokefreeoutdoordining to find a participating café or restaurant.

Additionally, if customers complete a feedback form they will go in the draw to win a $30 voucher (one voucher to be won for each café).