Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand, accounting for around 4,300 to 4,700 deaths per year.
When the deaths caused from exposure to second-hand smoke are included, this estimate increases to around 5,000 deaths per year.
Councils throughout New Zealand are progressively increasing smokefree outdoor public spaces beyond parks, playgrounds and sports fields, to areas such as outdoor dining, transport hubs, CBDs, beaches, Council owned buildings and funded events, social housing and other designated public and civic spaces.
Kaipara District Council adopted a Smokefree Parks and Playgrounds Policy in December 2011.
Kaipara District Council revised its Smokefree policy on 20 December 2018.
This policy supports central Government’s goal of smokefree New Zealand by 2025; this means reducing the smoking population to less than 5%. It sets out policies and actions which will deliver a smokefree Kaipara.
This has been developed with input from our community, the Northland District Health Board and the Cancer Society Northland.
What does the policy cover?
From 2018 the following areas in the Kaipara district will be smokefree:
- Parks, playgrounds, sports fields, reserves and skate parks; swimming pool complexes;
- Bus and taxi shelters;
- Social housing;
- All Council‑owned buildings, facilities and surrounding outdoor public areas;
- Within four metres of all entranceways and openings of council owned buildings;
- Council funded, run and supported events;
- Outdoor dining areas, where café and restaurant owners or managers voluntarily agree to offer smokefree outdoor dining;
- Council will also investigate designating areas in town centres as smokefree.
To support compliance to this Policy and to eliminate confusion, smoking, vaping (the use of electronic cigarettes) and the use of heated tobacco products (HTP) are included in this Policy.
While KDC supports the use of e-cigarettes and vaping as a tool to stop smoking tool[BR5] , vaping and the use of heated tobacco products mimic smoking and their emissions can create a nuisance and may result in public confusion and reduced compliance.
Want help to stop smoking?
There are a range of FREE stop smoking services that can help.
Offering 24/7 online, text and phone support and subsidised nicotine replacement therapy – patches, gum and lozenges.
Quitline 0800 778 778
FREE Northland wide stop smoking service offering face-to-face support which can be provided in an individual, whānau/family or group setting.
FREE nicotine replacement therapy to support you on your journey to quit/become smokefree. This includes gum, lozenges and patches. We can also advise you about other non-funded stop smoking medicines available.
0508 TOKI RAU (0508 8654 728)
A range of FREE smokefree resources can be accessed here.