In support of the Government’s commitment for New Zealand to become smokefree by 2025, we are seeking feedback on the Proposed Smokefree Outdoor Areas Policy 2017 to help ensure we have healthy communities by reducing the prevalence of smoking.
2013 health figures indicate Whanganui’s population was over-represented in the amount of people that identified as regular smokers (17.3%) compared to nationally (13.7%). More recent figures provided by Whanganui Regional Health Network showed that in 2016, 19.3% of Whanganui residents identified themselves as regular smokers.
The proposed policy expands and strengthens the original policy’s Smokefree District concept to include all Council managed facilities, smokefree hire, smokefree events, allows for designated outdoor smoking areas, and gives effect to Council leadership and ability to advocate for a smokefree district.
Please head over to Council’s Have your say page, complete the online submission form and let us know your feedback by Monday 26 June 2017.