The Council has decided to review its Smokefree Auahi Kore Outdoor Areas Policy 2014 and Smokefree Bylaw 2010.
The goals of the policy and bylaw are to provide smokefree public areas that everyone can enjoy and to support the Government’s goal to reduce the number of smokers in New Zealand to 5% or below by 2025.
Looking at the graph below, we are definitely above the national stats for regular smokers.
More recent data shows in 2016, 19.3% of Whanganui’s population identified themselves as regular smokers.
It’s now time for you to tell us what you want when it comes to smoking in the district. Whether you smoke or don’t smoke, or are mystified by this GIF of a kitten in a smoking haze, give us your feedback!
You can provide feedback to Council by completing the Smokefree Whanganui 2017 survey (five minutes of your time to give us your thoughts on a smokefree/non-smokefree district) and/or provide comments below.
The survey closes on Wednesday, March 1 2017.
Want to quit?
The Whanganui Regional Health Network offers a free service to help our community become smokefree at the following clinics in Whanganui:
- The Quit Clinic: 49 Ingestre Street, 0800 200 249
- Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority: 57 Campbell Street, 349 0007
Free services include consultations and follow-up appointments, nicotine patches, lozenges and gum, carbon monoxide tests, quit books and calendars, information, advice and support on becoming smokefree.
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