Smokefree Outdoor Areas

Why are smokefree outdoor areas important?

  • they are often visited by children and families and can get crowded
  • they provide limited opportunity for people to avoid second hand smoke
  • they will achieve an important reduction in many people’s exposure to second hand smoke
  • they provide a more supportive environment is created for those who have quit.

Children copy what they see. We need to reduce the amount of smoking children see around them (de-normalising), as it is a negative role model. Seeing adults smoking around them plays an important role in youth starting to smoke.

Increasing Smokefree areas will de-normalise smoking in society, reducing exposure to children. It also helps those people who are trying to quit smoking, by removing one of the triggers to smoke. Smokefree areas give non-smokers the confidence to speak up to those smoking in no smoking areas.

A playground

There is already a high level of public support for increasing smokefree outdoor areas. For example in Canterbury the latest survey showed 81 percent of people supported Smokefree outdoor dining, and 86 percent supported Smokefree entrances to buildings. 

We need to make sure our councils know that Smokefree outdoor areas are an important issue and show them how this policy will contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.

The evidence:

http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/publichealth/summerschool/otago026293.html

Auckland Public Support Research

What can we do to make smokefree outdoor public areas possible?

Outdoor smoking restrictions are becoming more common nationally and internationally. Introducing outdoor Smokefree areas is a positive step that your local Council can take to protect the community from second-hand smoke. At the same time it promotes positive health messages and a cleaner, safer environment. 

Here in New Zealand there is a high level of public support for increasing smokefree outdoor areas, for example in Canterbury the latest survey showed 81 percent of people supported smokefree outdoor dining, and 86 percent supported smokefree entrances to buildings. 

The main role of councils is to promote the wellbeing of their communities using democratic local decision-making. This means they should be listening to what their communities want. 

We need to make sure our councils know that smokefree outdoor areas is an important issue and show them how this policy will contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.

 

Smokefree 2025