New Zealand

New Zealand's restaurants, bars, and casinos, went smokefree on December 10, 2004. Numerous local District Health Boards throughout the country were already smokefree.

In December 2006, the Ministry of Health issued a report on the impact of the smokefree air law, titled, "After the Smoke has Cleared: Evaluation of the Impact of a New Smokefree Law."

A December 2005 report evaluating the impact of the law after one year demonstrated the high public support and the economic benefits of the law.

Smokefree & Related News

No exemptions in smokefree mandate
Manawatu Standard - July 24, 2014

On first impression, moves to ban smoking from its last bastion at Palmerston North Hospital - the mental health ward - seem a bit pedantic and mean-spirited.

Decline in funding undermines smokefree 2025 goal
New Zealand Doctor Online - June 26, 2014

A steady decline in funding for mass media campaigns to promote smoking reduction is undermining the Government's goal to achieve a smokefree New ...

Smoke gets up diners' noses
New Zealand Herald - June 19, 2014

Kiwi diners are being exposed to large amounts of secondhand smoke even when they choose to sit inside restaurants, a study shows. Research published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal found levels of secondhand smoke at inside tables close to doors and those in smoking areas outside were almost the same. The results showed increased secondhand smoke levels at indoor tables next to the smokers' area during times of "high smoking patronage", like weekends and in summer when most restaurants had all the doors and windows open.

Govt won't ban smoking in cars, Turia says
MSN NZ News - May 5, 2014

... in bringing in regular increases in tobacco excise and the removal of tobacco displays from shops. Mrs Turia has a bill in parliament that would force cigarettes ...

Citizens denied access to public space for Hamilton J Day (press release) - April 24, 2014

The Council is claiming the event violates the Hamilton City Smoke-Free ... their smoke free policy," said event organiser and Hamilton NORML member Gary ...

Smoking visibility mapped for the first time
Eureka! Science News - April 7, 2014

"Smokefree outdoor areas help smokers to quit, help those who have quit to stick with it, and reduce the normalisation of smoking for children and youth.

Proposed Smoking Ban in Wellington to Put Smokers in the Middle ...
International Business Times AU - April 7, 2014

A researcher from Otago University in Wellington has proposed a public smoking ban. A new study identified the areas in Wellington where the most smokers are outside bars and cafes. According to the new research, Cuba Street and Courtenay PI were the worst

Academic wants ban on smoking in public - April 6, 2014

One of the last refuges for Wellington smokers may be removed if an Otago University researcher gets his way. A five metre non-smoking zone could have problems - for example, conflict when people tried to enforce the rule. "Could this lead to smokers carrying measuring ...

DCC commits to smoke-free policy
Otago Daily Times - April 1, 2014

The Dunedin City Council has adopted a policy formally stating its position on smoking - that Dunedin become a smoke-free city - but has asked for further ...

It's My Life Smokefree Summit (press release) - March 27, 2014

Second hand smoke is what is also called passive smoking – when you drive ... why I have been promoting a campaign to ban smoking in cars with children.

Goodhew: Massey University's Smokefree Summit (press release) - March 24, 2014

The goal of a smokefree New Zealand by 2025 is certainly audacious - and it would mean New Zealand would be the first smokefree country in the world.

Few breaches of smoke-free rule
Otago Daily Times - March 20, 2014

Co-chairwoman of the university's smoke-free campus implementation working group Prof Janet Hoek said few people had been caught flouting the smoke-free ...

MDC smoke-free commitment
Marlborough Express - March 14, 2014

The Marlborough District Council has released a Smoke-free Position Statement, committing itself to work with other organisations to make the region ...

Heart Foundation Symposium keynote address
New Zealand Doctor Online - March 13, 2014

However, we still have a long way to go to being smokefree. ... be familiar with other steps the Government is taking to help achieved the smokefree 2025 goal.

Plans for smokefree campus on hold
Taranaki Daily News - March 7, 2014

Last year, Witt announced it was going smokefree on January 1, after a survey in 2012 found 60 per cent of its respondents wanted a healthier campus.

No harmless cigarette smoke - March 6, 2014

OPINION: The editorial ''When smoke gets in your sights'' (February 26) has shown that some clarification about the purpose of smokefree outdoor spaces ...

High level of smoking at bus stops - study
Voxy - March 5, 2014

A study of bus stops in the Wellington Region has identified high levels of smoking around other people and high levels of butt littering. ...

University smoking ban overrides minority
Otago Daily Times - February 24, 2014

However, the minority of about 20% who opposed this no doubt includes smokers and non-smokers. This is not a situation where the majority opinion should ...

Call to ban smoking in crematoriums
Southland Times - February 24, 2014

The Southern District Health Board has approached the council to ask it to make a smokefree policy in its cemeteries and crematorium bylaw that bans smoking ...

Butting out of the Golden Shears - February 19, 2014

DHB smokefree co-ordinator Linda Spence said even though the stadium was already smokefree, smokers congregated outside the front of the complex.

Smoking culture slowly dying out
Manawatu Standard - February 6, 2014

It is easy to forget how prevalent cigarette advertising and sponsorship was before the Smoke-free Environments Act was introduced in 1990, and what seems ...

Census shows religion rated high in Bay
New Zealand Herald - February 5, 2014

Smokefree Programme Manager for Hawke's Bay District Health Board Penny Thompson said the smokefree team was celebrating the news that there were 945 ...

Sixty years smoking stopped in its tracks at WelTec
Voxy - February 5, 2014

Two WelTec staff have started 2014 smokefree and they are already feeling the benefits big time. "All WelTec campuses became Smokefree on 1 January so this has been a great incentive to quit smoking for good," says Windy Sione, WelTecs Pasifika student mentor. "I can actually breathe properly and Ive stopped coughing continuously," says Therese Keil. "When you see people smoking you want to smoke. Without that daily reminder its much easier to stay smokefree."

Council supports smoke-free social housing
Scoop (nz) - January 30, 2014

In its first meeting for 2014, Christchurch City Council today approved a non-smoking policy for Council-owned social housing units. The policy specifies that, where new units are built or purchased — or where units are remodelled or redecorated....

Smoking ban eyed for next carnival - January 15, 2014

The Herald and Port FM have received more than 70 comments on their Facebook pages about many of the private carnival workers "smoking and swearing" in ...

Hawke's Bay residents support SmokeFree NZ by 2025 goal
Voxy - January 7, 2014

The Government's SmokeFree New Zealand by 2025 goal is strongly supported by the Hawke's Bay community, a recent survey found. More than 70 percent of ...

Cannabis users sidestep university smoking ban
Otago Daily Times - January 6, 2014

The University of Otago's smoke-free policy has come into force, but a ... The ban came into force on New Year's Day, but yesterday was the first real test of the ...

No more smoking on Otago campus
Newstalk ZB - January 2, 2014

There will be no smoking on campus when the University of Otago reopens for business this morning. The university is following most other tertiary institutions around the country in banning any smoking on campus grounds. ...

No break for Smoko's - October 31, 2013

But the owner of a Henderson tobacco store has become the first retailer to be convicted under the new smokefree laws because of his store's name, Smoko's ...

Career criminal's plea to speak publicly on smoking ban
The Farming Show - October 30, 2013

A passionate plea from career criminal Arthur Taylor to be able to speak publicly about his case against Corrections, to lift the ban on ...

Local councils urged to restrict tobacco sales
The Farming Show - October 24, 2013

Local councils are being urged to use bylaws to restrict tobacco sales in dairies and other retail outlets. The NZ Herald reports The Cancer Society says restrictive tobacco retailer licensing systems are used overseas and could greatly reduce the amount of tobacco sold, especially near schools, and in poor areas where smoking rates are highest.

Store owner fined as 'smoko' against law
The Nelson Mail - October 24, 2013

The phrase "what's in a name" took on new meaning for a Hamilton tobacconist fined $5000 for using the word smoko on his store's signs. Kevin Carroll's company yesterday became the first retailer to be convicted under new smokefree laws. Carroll's retail chain Smoko's Discount Specialist was ...

Calls to cut tobacco retail outlets
New Zealand Herald - October 23, 2013

The Cancer Society says restrictive tobacco retailer licensing, like systems ... in the availability of cigarettes in our communities, to help prevent thousands of ...

Where there is smoke ...
New Zealand Herald - October 21, 2013

The biennial Smokefree Oceania conference is in Auckland this week. Health reporter Martin Johnston looks at research and policy highlights from the meeting, ...

Kiwis go Smokefree ahead of World Cup
SportsPro Media - October 21, 2013

Smokefree NZ has joined New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) as a sleeve sponsor for the duration of the upcoming 2013 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC).

Smokefree Rockquest finalists: Harry Parsons
New Zealand Herald - October 10, 2013

Auckland based production company Satin & Lace have been producing the Smokefree Rockquest TV show since 2010. Taking a documentary style approach, ...

Ikeda, T.; Cobiac, L.; Wilson, N.; Carter, K.; Blakely, T., "What will it take to get to under 5% smoking prevalence by 2025? Modelling in a country with a smokefree goal," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], September 26, 2013.

New Zealand has a goal of becoming a smokefree nation by the year 2025. Smoking prevalence in 2012 was 17%, but is over 40% for Ma-ori (indigenous New Zealanders). We forecast the prevalence in 2025 under a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario, and determined what the initiation and cessation rates would have to be to achieve a <5% prevalence. ...

Foundation calling for immediate closure of SkyCity Diamond (press release) - October 2, 2013

Given this, SkyCity should close it now and we hope that this ruling will squash SkyCity's push to expand smoking areas inside the casino. The Cancer Society ...

Casino smoking lounge to be reconsidered
3News NZ - October 1, 2013

Sky City says it will work to comply with smoke-free laws after a High Court judge ruled the Ministry of Health can't use its calculator for deciding if a room can be considered "open" for smoking.

Cancer Society scores victory over dodgy smoking rules
New Zealand Doctor Online - October 1, 2013

The ruling supports the Cancer Society's view that the calculator is an inadequate tool to define an open area under the Smoke-free Environments Act, says Jan ...

Research shows children need protection from smoking in cars
Scoop - September 30, 2013

New research published in a leading international journal shows young people’s exposure to secondhand smoke in cars in New Zealand remains high, particularly among Ma-ori and Pacific people, low socio-economic groups and those whose parents smoke.

Casino smoking lounge to be reconsidered
MSN NZ News - October 1, 2013

Sky City says it will work to comply with smoke-free laws after a High Court judge ruled the Ministry of Health can't use its calculator for deciding if a room can be ...

Te Awhina prepares to go smokefree
New Zealand Doctor Online - September 27, 2013

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) acute inpatient mental health unit Te Awhina becomes smokefree on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 bringing it in-line with ...

Help before smoke-free uni change
Otago Daily Times - September 25, 2013

University of Otago student Fulin Zhao (23), pictured smoking on the Dunedin campus, says the university's smoke-free policy, which is coming into force next ...

Still smoking in parks despite ban
Northland Independent Community - September 24, 2013

NO BUTTS: Kaipara Community Health Trust chief executive Debbie Evans says there is no excuse for smoking in parks, playgrounds and sports grounds now ...

Healey, B.; Hoek, J.; Wilson, N.; Thomson, G., "Youth exposure to in-vehicle second-hand smoke and their smoking behaviours: trends and associations in repeated national surveys (2006-2012)," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], September 17, 2013.

Conclusions: The slow decline in SHS exposure in vehicles and the lack of progress in reducing relative inequalities is problematic. To accelerate progress, the New Zealand Government could follow the example of other jurisdictions and prohibit smoking in cars carrying children. Other major policy interventions, beside enhanced smoke-free environments, will also likely be required if New Zealand is to achieve its 2025 smoke-free nation goal.

Councillors stub out bus stop smoking ban - September 17, 2013

A bid to get smoking banned in bus stops has been ridiculed by city councillors.

Campus smoking ban a drag - September 3, 2013

Student smokers unhappy about Witt going smokefree think it will create more problems than it solves. The polytech has announced its intention to become ...

Smoke-free policy to be eased in
Otago Daily Times - August 18, 2013

Aged care providers would initially be exempt, until a national contract was negotiated next year, which was expected to include a smoke-free provision.

SDHB board to decide smoking issue
Otago Daily Times - August 17, 2013

An application to the board, soon after the pilot scheme, to ban smoking ... Mr Thomson believes smoking bans in locked-in facilities are akin to forced treatment, ...

Smoke-free aim for bus stops
New Zealand Herald - August 17, 2013

The first university in New Zealand to go smokefree is urging authorities to stop people smoking in bus stops on its city campus. Auckland University registrar Tim ...

How will smoking bans work? - August 12, 2013

In our smoking bans Stuff Nation assignment, our readers give their views on proposed smokimg bans in public areas. Jade Benfell supports the bans, but ...

Smokefree CBD idea spreads - August 9, 2013

Councils across the lower North Island are becoming addicted to the idea of smokefree central cities, with Whanganui the latest to follow in the footsteps of ...

Wanganui considers smokefree CBD
Voxy - August 9, 2013

The possibility of making the Wanganui central business district (CBD) smokefree will be considered at the Wanganui District Council's Community and ...

Smoking ban in Hamilton widens - August 7, 2013

A voluntary ban on smoking pushing smokers away from key public areas has ... A report on banning synthetic cannabis smoking has also been sought after ...

Cancer Society takes aim at casino's smoking lounge
Timaru Herald - August 7, 2013

A High Court judge has begun a hearing into whether an area at Auckland's SkyCity casino is an open or enclosed area. The ruling on the question by Justice ...

Smoking bans 'ridiculousness in the extreme' - August 1, 2013

The day cigarette manufacture and sales are banned in this country is the day that any restrictions can be placed on smokers. I can see it all now, next thing ...

Council to expand smokefree areas
Auckland - July 31, 2013

The Auckland Council has approved a new policy for the region that will incrementally make public outdoor spaces smokefree. The policy will be implemented in ...

Urban Maori Radio 603 AM (press release) - July 26, 2013

This week the Auckland Councils Regional Development and Operations Committee voted in favour of a citywide smokefree policy which could make Auckland ...

Smoking bans won't stop me - July 26, 2013

If you are going to ban smoking in outdoor public places, you need to ban smoking full stop. I know myself and many other smokers are still going to light up, ...

Auckland's outdoor spaces to be smoke free
Radio Network (nz) - July 24, 2013

The Auckland Council has approved a new policy that will make public outdoor spaces smoke free across the city. The policy will be introduced in stages. The first stage will happen this month, with smoking banned at outdoor facilities like stadiums, pl

Charity calls for swifter smoke ban across city
New Zealand Herald - July 24, 2013

The Cancer Society says Auckland City Council should introduce its ban on smoking in public three years earlier than planned - making the city smoke-free by ...

Council told to go further with smokefree policy
Newstalk ZB - July 23, 2013

The Auckland Council's being urged to listen to its citizens and go further, sooner with its smokefree policy. The council's Regional Development Committee will ...

Court ruling clears air over mental health smoking ban
Otago Daily Times - July 17, 2013

Mr Roper said staff were correct to see the smoking ban as operational. Overall, health boards were moving towards banning smoking in all wards, and it was ...

E-cigarettes to deliver legal highs
New Zealand Herald - July 9, 2013

Whangarei legal high outlets say e-Cigarettes containing synthetic cannabis could be the future of the industry in the face of new legislation aimed to combat the effects.

Three Plans Appeal Against DHB Smoking Ban
TopNews United States - July 9, 2013

The health board's ban on smoking restricts the act anywhere on its campuses. In his ruling, Justice Raynor Asher, in the High Court at Auckland, said that the ...

Prison smoking ban prompts judicial intervention and raises ...
International Law Office - July 9, 2013

The introduction of a smoking ban in prisons has resulted in the airing of some ... Smoking is lawful elsewhere, subject only to the restrictions in the .... To restrict the manner in which anti-mining protesters could protest, on April 9 2013 the ...

Smokefree rest homes 'elder abuse' - July 8, 2013

An aged care group has labelled a scheme by MidCentral District Health Board requiring new rest homes to be smokefree a type of elder abuse. A new clause ...

Challenge to smoking ban rejected
New Zealand Doctor Online - July 8, 2013

The nurse and patients challenging Waitemata DHB's smokefree policy have had their High Court case rejected. "Given that smoking is a health hazard and that DHBs have a duty to promote policies to prevent or restrict health hazards, it is entirely within the powers vested ...

DHB smoking ban 'not breach of human rights'
3News NZ - July 8, 2013

The High Court has dismissed claims by a nurse and two patients challenging a mental health unit's ban on smoking on the grounds it is breaching human rights ...

Bilingual centre smokefree
The Bay of Plenty Times - July 6, 2013

A Hamilton early childhood centre is the first in New Zealand to become tupeka kore (tobacco free), says the Waikato District Health Board's Maori health service ...

DHB Says No Smoking in Rest Homes
Scoop (nz) - July 5, 2013

DHB Says No Smoking in Rest Homes: Political Correctness Gone Mad Mid Central DHB is trying to stop the elderly smoking by attempting to force aged care providers into signing a contract variation which stops smoking inside and outside a rest home ...

Smokefree areas spread - July 2, 2013

More of central Palmerston North and its city council facilities are set to go smokefree.

Maori Health Supports Tobacco-Free Early Childhood Centre (press release) - June 19, 2013

The ceremony marked the placement of a Tupeka Kore kawenata (tobacco free covenant) on the bi-lingual Hamilton centre this morning (Wednesday 19 June).

Loose Enz off to Rockquest regionals
Southland Times - June 6, 2013

South Otago High School Band Loose Enz will compete in the Smokefree Rockquest regional finals in Dunedin on Saturday. The band is made up of lead singer ...

NZSki bans smoking to promote health
Scene Queenstown - June 6, 2013

Queenstown snow giant NZSki is undertaking whats believed to be a first for southern hemisphere ski resorts going smoke-free. The company plans banning visitors and staff from lighting up at The Remarkables snow field in Queenstown this winter.

Smoking gets cold shoulder
Sydney Morning Herald (au) - June 6, 2013

If you smoke and ski or snowboard then take nicotine patches to the Remarkables ski area in New Zealand this winter. The ski resort is the first in the southern hemisphere to go "smoke-free", starting this season. There now are officially no designated ...

Coffee only when campus goes smoke-free
Otago Daily Times - June 1, 2013

Coffee kiosk owner Lex Oaten reflects on a new smoke-free policy being introduced at the University of Otago campus next year. Photo by Linda Robertson.

Glover, M.; Hadwen, G.; Chelimo, C.; Scragg, R.; Bullen, C.; Gentles, D.; Nosa, V.; McCool, J., "Parent versus child reporting of tobacco smoke exposure at home and in the car," New Zealand Medical Journal 126(1375): 37-47, May 31, 2013.

Parents were significantly less likely than children to report smoking inside the home or car. Biochemical testing indicated that children's reporting is more accurate. This has implications for future studies relying on self-reporting by children and/or their caregivers.

Gendall, P.; Hoek, J.; Maubach, N.; Edwards, R., "Public support for more action on smoking," New Zealand Medical Journal 126(1375): 85-94, May 31, 2013.

An online survey of 414 smokers and 414 non-smokers found strong support among New Zealanders for more tobacco control interventions. In particular, support for interventions that will protect children--smokefree playgrounds and smokefree cars when children are in them--was very high among both smokers and non-smokers. Predictably, non-smokers were more likely than smokers to support other tobacco control interventions including extending outdoor smokefree areas and restricting the availability of tobacco. Nevertheless, there was widespread support for the tobacco 'end game' goal of reducing smoking prevalence from around 20% to 5% or less by 2025. These results are consistent with growing evidence of public support for stronger tobacco control interventions and confirm that preventive health measures have broad public appeal.

Li, J.; Bullen, C.; Newcombe, R.; Walker, N.; Walton, D., "The use and acceptability of electronic cigarettes among New Zealand smokers," New Zealand Medical Journal 126(1375): 48-57, May 31, 2013.

CONCLUSION: Purchasing (and therefore we assume, use) of e-cigarettes in New Zealand is uncommon. Despite this finding, many respondents viewed e-cigarettes in a positive light and indicated willingness to use them. Ongoing monitoring on the use of and public attitudes towards this emerging product is recommended.

Trust kids more than 'smoke-free' parents
MSN NZ News May 30, 2013

They say children, who are those most at risk from second-hand smoke, should be given a bigger say when it comes to smoke-free policy. They questioned 3645 ...

New Maori Service Supports World Smokefree Day (press release) - May 30, 2013

The new Maori Tobacco Control Leadership Service to be run by Hapai Te Hauora Tapui and ASH supports World Smokefree Day this Friday 31 May. This new ...

Make 31 May Your Quit Day (press release) - May 28, 2013

“The key theme for this year's World Smokefree Day”, says Dr Brad Novak, the Smokefree Medical Officer of Health for Auckland Regional Public Health Service, ...

Editorial: City smoking ban a step too far
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz) - May 27, 2013

OPINION: Tobacco companies deserve everything lawmakers throw at them. Their profits are built on human misery. However, it may be time to cut smokers a break.

Call for smokefree parks
Marlborough Express - May 26, 2013

An anti-smoking group wants the Marlborough District Council to extend its smokefree signage to all parks and playgrounds across the region. Smokefree ...

Smoking used to 'reward' patients
New Zealand Herald - May 25, 2013

The review seeks to overturn a smoking ban in closed, intensive-care mental ... Waitemata DHB has a blanket smoking ban but some patients can walk to the ...

No smoking on Welly's party street
The Farming Show - May 23, 2013

A local bar owner says a smoking ban on Wellington's favourite party street might be asking a bit much. A submission has been made to Wellington City Council ...

Smoking ban urged for central Wellington streets
Radio New Zealand - May 23, 2013

Wellington City Council is being urged to ban smoking on the main streets of the central city. Otago University's department of public health on Wednesday made ...

Ban smoking in public places - expert
Voxy (nz) - May 22, 2013

A University of Canterbury (UC) health sciences researcher has called for public places such as bus stops, train stations, ferry terminals, streets, urban centres and beaches to be declared smoke-free. UC lecturer Dr Mark Wallace-Bell says bans should b

Hospital smoking ban defended
New Zealand Doctor Online-May 22, 2013

Coates said smoking was not the only legal activity banned from healthcare ... from Stanford University to argue that banning psychiatric patients from smoking ...

Capital's Golden Mile could be smokefree
Newstalk ZB-May 22, 2013

University of Otago Wellington's Professor Richard Edwards says as New Zealand works toward being smokefree by 2025, local councils need to play their part.

Glover, M.; Kira, A.; Faletau, J., "Smoke, smoking and cessation: the views of children with respiratory illness," Journal of Asthma [Epub ahead of print], May 21, 2013.

Court told smoking ban good for all: DHB
NZ City - May 21, 2013

A smoking ban at Waitemata District Health Board facilities should not be ... smoking was a goal of the DHB and it wasn't the only legal activity banned at the ...

Former patients back challenge to smoking ban
Radio New Zealand - May 21, 2013

Two former psychiatric patients and a retired nurse are challenging the ban in Waitemata District Health Board mental health units. Smoking has been banned ...

DHB has right to ban smoking, court told
Radio New Zealand - May 21, 2013

He argues the DHB's smoking ban is no different from bans on alcohol, gambling, pornography or sexual relationships within hospitals. "You can't gamble in ...

Ban smoking before 2015, urges forum
New Zealand Herald - May 21, 2013

The forum also voted for outdoor dining areas on Auckland Council land, urban centres, plazas, civic squares and public beaches to be declared smoke-free in ...

Hospital should provide smoking rooms, court told
Radio New Zealand - May 20, 2013

Smoking has been banned on all Waitemata District Health Board sites since 2009. Two former psychiatric patients and a retired nurse are challenging the ban ...

Hospital smoking ban labelled 'torture' - May 20, 2013

A mental health patient who killed himself was put off seeking hospital treatment because he was not allowed to smoke onsite, a lawyer leading a judicial review application on smoking in hospitals says. A smoking ban on hospital grounds including outside psychiatric wards by the Waitemata District Health Board is a breach of human rights, barrister Richard Francois argued at the High Court at Auckland today. He is calling the proposal "torture" on the hospitals' most vulnerable patients. "Psychiatric patients are segregated," Francois said in his opening statement. …

Smokefree Rockquest wows Nelson crowds - May 18, 2013

The boys from Oh Blok took out first prize at the 2013 Nelson Smokefree Rockquest at the Theatre Royal on Friday night. Kieran O'Connor, left, Louie Persico, ...

Auckland bus stops, train stations could be smokefree
The Farming Show - May 18, 2013

Auckland Council is looking at suggestions it ban smoking at bus stops and train stations as early as this year. It continues to work on its draft smokefree policy, ...

Auckland Council Seeks Local Board Feedback On Smoke-free (press release) - May 17, 2013

Auckland Council seeks further feedback from local boards and other groups before it presents the draft smoke-free policy for approval to the Regional ...

Separate council housing for smokers urged - May 15, 2013

In a submission to the council's draft Three Year Plan (TYP), Smokefree Canterbury said it wanted the council to provide smokefree housing so that non-smokers ...

Research shows that public support for smokefree is strong
New Zealand Doctor Online - May 9, 2013

Cancer Society Auckland undertook a survey of 4 local communities in South Auckland to gauge public support for Smokefree. "This is the first localised survey ...

Smokefree clauses for Waitemata's NGO contracts
New Zealand Doctor Online - May 7, 2013

The first of the two clauses requires all NGO-contracted providers to have smokefree policies applying to staff, patients, visitors and vehicles. The second ...

Smoking ban imposed on FMG Stadium
Manawatu Standard - May 3, 2013

Rugby fans will have to leave their nicotine habit at home next time they cheer on the Manawatu Turbos at their home ground. A partnership between the MidCentral District Health Board and the Manawatu Rugby Union will see the green rugby team sporting a smokefree message. Part of the partnership will see the FMG Stadium grounds go smokefree.

Smokefree rules flouted
Wanganui Chronicle - April 29, 2013

DEBATE REIGNITED: Two women smoke in a shelter - which advertises Auahi Kore/Smokefree - outside the main entrance to Wanganui Hospital yesterday.

Youth carry flame for non-smoking
Timaru Herald-April 24, 2013

Smokefree South Canterbury Chairperson Carmen Chamberlain said that at 265 the sample size in South Canterbury was small. She encourages all schools to ...

Northland youth supporting smokefree 2025
New Zealand Doctor Online - April 17, 2013

One of the goals for a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 is to reduce smoking prevalence to 5% and it seems our Northland Year 10 students are already under ...

Participants for smokefree policy focus groups needed
Voxy - April 16, 2013

Through this policy the Council aims to lower the number of smokers, improve the health of the city, and contribute to the Government's 'Smokefree 2025' goal.

Public Consultation - Draft Smokefree Outdoor Areas Policy
Palmerston North City Council (nz) - April 16, 2013

The Palmerston North City Council has developed a draft Smokefree Outdoor Areas Policy to encourage fewer people to smoke in public places and wants to know what you think. ...

'Sterilise Maori smokers' suggestion causes outrage (TVNZ) - April 8, 2013

A suggestion by a Palmerston North city councillor that Maori women be sterilised to stop them smoking in front of their children has outraged councillors and Maori health advocates. Councillor Bruce Wilson was speaking at the community wellbeing committee this week about a proposed smokefree policy covering the central city around and including The Square. He said if the aim was to stop adults role-modelling smoking behaviour, and given 41% of Maori women smoked, perhaps they should be sterilised. The comment drew a shocked response from other councillors, and he quickly said he was not advocating the idea. He also said it was not something he would say to the media. However, a Manawatu Standard reporter was in the public gallery. …

Smokefree policy a win-win
Manawatu Standard - April 4, 2013

Whether or not you are for or against Palmerston North's proposed smoking bans, there is one thing that unites all parties in the debate: the policing of the policy.

Proposed smoking ban lights up debate 3, 2013

A proposed ban on smoking in Palmerston North's central business district, as well ... She asked if smoking could be banned in cars, too, saying it was "gross" that ... I definitely agree with banning smoking from playgrounds and sports fields, ...

Smoking ban extension proposed for Palmerston North
TVNZ - April 2, 2013

Palmerston North City Council is considering a smoking ban across central-city footpaths and all council-owned parks, playgrounds and buildings. The council ...

'No smoking' as old fighters take to air
Marlborough Express - March 26, 2013

A total fire ban - including a first-time ban on smoking on the field - will be in place ... Airshow safety officer Aaron Marshall said it was the first time a smoking ban ...

Smoke-free cannabis protest planned
Otago Daily Times - March 25, 2013

Protesters wanted to be ''positive members of the university community'' and were ''offering an olive branch to the university'' over the smoke-free policy. …

No BUTTs about it: WDC Smokefree Parks a success (press release)-March 20, 2013

Smokefree signs are up in all Whangarei play and sports grounds to remind people not to smoke in these areas as part of WDC Smokefree policy that was ...

Smokefree message listened to in Mackenzie
Timaru Herald - March 15, 2013

Mackenzie District's playgrounds and parks are now officially smokefree thanks to the efforts of local schools. Mayor Claire Barlow unveiled the new signage at a ...

Smoke-free from January
Otago Daily Times - March 12, 2013

The University Council yesterday endorsed earlier plans to make the campus completely smoke-free from January 1. The university's previous smoking policy, ...

Inmates could get compensation over smoking ban
Radio New Zealand - March 8, 2013

A career criminal battling against a prison smoking ban could pave the way for inmates to get compensation. Arthur Taylor has spent months fighting the ban, ...

Maori Health Promotes Tobacco Free Workplace (press release) - March 5, 2013

The placing of a tupeka kore kawenata in Waikato District Health Board’s public health offices in central Hamilton shows support for a tobacco free environment is gaining strong momentum, says Te Puna Oranga general manager Ditre Tamatea. …

Researcher calls for law restricting smoking in cars
Channel 9 - March 4, 2013

A University of Otago researcher has called for a law restricting smoking in cars. Associate Professor Nick Wilson has made the call after publishing research showing New Zealanders smoke in cars three times more than their Sydney counterparts. …

Smartphone app shows Australians smoke less in cars than New Zealanders
Medical Xpress ( - March 4, 2013

Research just published indicates that New South Wales has one third of the people smoking in cars compared to New Zealand. …

$40 a pack to hit 'smokefree' goal
Otago Daily Times - March 4, 2013

Forcing cigarettes up to $40 for a pack of 20 would achieve New Zealand's smokefree goal virtually overnight, important new research indicates. …

New Zealand Aims At Smoke-free Environment By 2050
TopNews New Zealand - March 4, 2013

As per the beliefs of the authorities of New Zealand, a price tag of $40 a packet will help in generating a smoke free environment in the country. Public Health Specialist Dr Murray Laugesen stated in an interview that the reduced price will turn beneficial in turning the nation smoke free. …

Law changed to ensure smoking ban lawful
Radio New Zealand-February 27, 2013

The Government has passed legislation to make sure a smoking ban in prisons does not break the law. The High Court last year found in favour of an inmate ...

Target to be smoke-free by 2025
New Zealand Herald - February 27, 2013

Radical policies needed if mid-point goal of 10 per cent national smoking rate by 2018 is to be achieved. … The targets are "mid-point" goals on the way to achieving the Government's hopes for "essentially a smoke-free nation" by 2025. "Essentially smoke-free" has ...

Action against smoking will be great legacy for Tariana Turia
Gisborne Herald - February 25, 2013

Getting the National-led Government to agree to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products is a triumph for Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia. …

New Zealand plans logo-free cigarette packs
Lexington Herald-Leader, February 18, 2013

Strict against smoking already, New Zealand plans to make tobacco companies remove
their logos from cigarette packs but will wait until a challenge to a similar Australian law is resolved. …

Calls to ban smoking in cars with children
TV3 (nz) - February 18, 2013

New research shows an alarming number of children are exposed to second-hand smoke in cars. It's led to calls for a ban on smoking in cars. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia has even suggested the public dob in offenders. ...

Healey, B.; Edwards, R.; Wilson, N.; Thomson, G.; Hoek, J.; Taylor, S., "The important persisting problem of smoking in cars with children: new data from a multi-year national survey of young people," New Zealand Medical Journal 126(1369): 86-89, February 15, 2013.

Palmerston North looking at smokefree policy
The Farming Show-February 13, 2013

A draft smokefree policy is being put together by the city's council, and it covers the city's CBD. Policy analyst Peter Ridge says while nothing's set in concrete, ...

Central city may turn smokefree
Manawatu Standard-February 13, 2013

Volunteers are doing the rounds asking cafes and business owners what they think of the idea. The informal city council survey follows a deputation from Public ...

Court action over smoking at SkyCity
Radio New Zealand-February 13, 2013

Papers have been filed in the High Court claiming an error of law allows smoking in one of SkyCity casino's lounges. The Cancer Society, the Problem Gambling ...

SkyCity will close smoking areas if they have to
The Farming Show-February 13, 2013

The landmark case is targeted at SkyCity's smoking areas, enclosed by roofs and walls, ... Mr Morrison says the casino would like to offer the service, but they ...

Smokers' new legal spat
New Zealand Herald - February 13, 2013

The Government is being sued for allowing gamblers to smoke at SkyCity casino in a landmark case which could see the end of smoker-friendly areas at bars ...

Tobacco to be banned in prisons
3News NZ - February 13, 2013

Tobacco won't be permitted on prison grounds to strengthen the ban on smoking inside prisons, Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says. She will introduce an ...

Thornley, S.; Dirks, K.N.; Edwards, R.; Woodward, A.; Marshall, R., "Indoor air pollution levels were halved as a result of a national tobacco ban in a New Zealand prison," Nicotine and Tobacco Research 15(2): 343-347, February 2013.

Conclusions: Our study showed a rapid and substantial improvement in indoor air quality after tobacco was banned at a prison. We conclude that prisoners have reduced their smoking in line with the ban, and that a significant health hazard has been reduced for staff and prisoners alike.

Bus stops on smoke free radar
Northern Advocate-Jan January 30, 2013

Zane Tito having a smoke at a bus stop, which will soon be smoke-free. ... All bus stops in Whangarei will eventually be smoke-free zones, Mayor Morris Cutforth ...

Smoking ban not needed for local bus stops mayor
Wairarapa Times-Age-Jan 24, 2013

Smoking ban not needed for local bus stops mayor ... Lead researcher Associate Professor George Thomson said smoking bans in outdoor waiting areas had ...

Ban public smoking, official urges
Hawke's Bay Today-Jan 23, 2013

Hastings should adopt a bylaw banning smoking in all public areas, Deputy Mayor ... effects of second-hand smoke justified extending outdoor area smoking bans, ... City which have actually banned smoking in public places," Ms Bowers said.

Study finds smokefree playground policies can make a difference playgrounds and streets also have
Medical Xpress ( - Jan 23, 2013

British and New Zealand playgrounds have a significantly smaller proportion of people smoking than other types of public outdoor areas, according to latest research from the University of Otago,

Career criminal Arthur Taylor seeks smoking ban ruling
TVNZ - January 4, 2013

Career criminal Arthur Taylor will next week seek a High Court ruling to force Corrections to drop their prison smoking ban, having already successfully argued it ...

Parks, play areas go smokefree
Marlborough Express - January 2, 2013

Designated areas in Kaikoura will be smokefree from this year, though the policy will not be enforced by the district council. The idea is to put pressure on ...

Prison smokes ban ruled unlawful
New Zealand Herald - December 24, 2012

A judge has ruled a prison smoking ban is unlawful - a victory for career criminal Arthur Taylor, who challenged it in court. But Corrections says inmates will still not be allowed to smoke and the Government says it will change the law if it has to. ...

Social media platform for smokefree campaign
Northern Advocate - December 14, 2012

The first of six online videos urging Northlanders to go smokefree has been released on YouTube. It's an initiative of the Ngati Hine Trust, which is using social media to get the attention of under-35s, according to a spokesperson for the trust's Aukati Kaipaipa (stop smoking) team. …

Unitec stubs out smoking on campus
Auckland - December 5, 2012

After consulting with staff, students and other organisations located on the large Mt Albert campus, the tertiary institute is set to go smokefree from 2013. …

Riot-free move to smoke ban surprises jails
New Zealand Herald - November 30, 2012

Inmates at Hawkes Bay Prison protested before the ban. ... Prison bosses have admitted that they expected riots when they banned smoking in jails last year.

Smoke-free beaches could be next
New Zealand Herald- November 14, 2012

Local board leaders predict confusion as Auckland Council moves to ban smoking ... Smoking at the beach could join bans at playgrounds and sports fields in the ... Overseas, smoking is banned on popular beaches such as Bondi in Sydney ...

Smoke-free parks in draft plan
Otago Daily Times - November 9, 2012

Public parks across Waitaki could be made smoke-free, if a new parks and reserves management plan for the district is adopted. Whether smoking should be ...

Speech: 2012 Tobacco-free Aotearoa Conference - Turia
Voxy - November 8, 2012

We have spent the day reflecting on the journey towards becoming a smoke free nation. Today, we have shared new ideas and fresh stories, we have brought in ...

Smoking ban blamed for attacks on jail staff - November 6, 2012

Corrections staff are increasingly being punched, kicked, bitten and spat at by prisoners, with their union saying that is because better safety measures have not been introduced quickly enough. …

Collinson, L.; Wilson, N.; Edwards, R.; Thomson, G.; Thornley, S., "New Zealand's smokefree prison policy appears to be working well: one year on," New Zealand Medical Journal 125(1357):164-168, June 29, 2012.

Further crackdowns on smoking on their way
The Ashburton Guardian - October 24, 2012

In a fresh round of debate, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia announced the Government was considering banning smoking in cars when children were ...

Airport smokers about to go undercover
Scoop (nz) - October 23, 2012

Christchurch Airport is stubbing out the practice of visitors having a quick smoke around the airport frontage. Three new designated smoking areas open today near the almost-completed terminal, to filter out the problem of smokers seeking protection from ...

Smoke-free prisons a success: report
NZ City - October 23, 2012

NZ prisons are now successfully smoke free but some prisoners are turning to teabags and nicotine patches, and a black market pack may cost $100.

Tougher tobacco laws being considered
Otago Daily Times - October 19, 2012

Fines for smoking in parks and cars and a clampdown on duty-free tobacco limits are being considered by the Government. … In July this year the Government banned tobacco displays and launched a proposal ... that will use taxes to push the price for a pack of cigarettes to $20 by 2016. …

Marsh, L.; Gray, A.; McGee, R.; Newcombe, R.; Patterson, R., "Access to cigarettes by young New Zealand smokers: little change from 2000 to 2008," Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 36(5): 415-420, October 2012.

Conclusion: Many young smokers continue to purchase cigarettes from commercial outlets, with no evidence of change in purchasing from major outlets such as dairies, service stations, supermarkets or liquor stores since 2000. The fact that few young smokers reported being asked to show proof of age suggests the need for stronger measures to ensure that retailers comply with New Zealand legislation regarding under-age sales of tobacco. Implications: With an infringement notice scheme being implemented and tobacco price rises, there may be an increase in accessing cigarettes through social sources. It remains important to monitor commercial tobacco sales to young people to determine the efficacy of policy change.

Hamilton adopts Smoke-free policy (press release) - September 27, 2012

Smoking will be banned across a range of public spaces in Hamilton, following the adoption today by Hamilton City Council of a Smoke-Free Environment Policy ...

Hospital smokers targeted
Hawke's Bay Today - September 27, 2012

A stand needs to be taken to stop patients being wheeled outside Hawke's Bay Hospital buildings to smoke if the region is to become smokefree by 2025, say Hawke's Bay District Health Board members. …

Smokers told where to go - September 25, 2012

Smokers who get up Hamilton residents' noses could soon be told where to go. A new smokefree policy for public areas will rely on members of the public acting as smokers' ''moral conscience'' by pointing out smokefree signage and asking ...

Time to Quit Smoking, Says Health Department Campaign Stoptober
TopNews New Zealand - September 21, 2012

Besides, sessions to help people remain smoke free would be conducted, the report finds. "Smokers can just quit for October and see how it feels. We are ...

Whitireia Campuses To Become Smokefree Zones (press release) - September 21, 2012

Whitireia campuses becoming smokefree, links to its vision, of “leading and illuminating its communities”. The polytechnic will be leading and illuminating by ...

Young musos hit a high note
Auckland - September 21, 2012

A group of Avondale College students are still abuzz this week after winning the Smokefree Best Vocalist award at the Smokefree Pacifica Beats national finals ...

Huge Criticisms by MPs on Smoking Ban
TopNews New Zealand - September 20, 2012

Stricter smoking regulations proposed this time by the Department of Health have become a reason of huge outrage amongst MPs, a recent report has unveiled. …

City offered mild option on smoking ban - September 19, 2012

A plan to ban smoking in Hamilton's public spaces looks likely to be stubbed out, in a move that has seen one city councillor accuse staff of being "wimps". A ban ...

Victoria University to go smokefree - August 23, 2012

The university is looking to impose a smokefree policy across all four campuses, following similar bans at Auckland University of Technology and Canterbury ...

Health Ministers and Union in agreement over tobacco lobbying
Voxy - August 23, 2012

NZNO kaiwhakahaere and spokesperson for the Smokefree Coalition, Kerri Nuku says, "It was great to hear the Minister of Health Tony Ryall tell the giant ...

Smokefreerockquest 2012 national finalists announced (press release) - August 23, 2012

Smokefree has been the naming rights sponsor of Smokefreerockquest for 22 of its ... Smokefree is able to deliver its messages to large numbers of secondary ...

Auckland Council Endorses Development of a Smokefree Policy (press release) - August 16, 2012

“To achieve the Smokefree goal set out in the Auckland Plan we need to reduce the number of people smoking by 10000 every year, for the next 12 years. …

Thomson, G.; Wilson, N., "Outpouring of public support for wider smokefree area policies in New Zealand," New Zealand Medical Journal 125(1359): 74-75, August 10, 2012.

Tobacco retail display ban starts today
3News NZ - July 23, 2012

Tobacco products will now have to be hidden in stores, with retailers also banned from displaying trading names that refer to the products. A law change, which comes into effect on Monday, means tobacco displays have to ...

Tobacco display ban will improve New Zealanders' health (press release) - July 20, 2012

The Public Health Association (PHA) says next week's tobacco display ban will ... to promote smokefree homes, and sending the price of cigarettes beyond the ...

Tobacco retailer support for new display legislation

New Zealand Doctor Online - July 20, 2012

Tobacco retailers interviewed in the Wellington area mostly supported the forthcoming removal of point-of-sale tobacco product displays, according to University ...

Business: Retailers reminded about new tobacco control laws
eGov monitor - July 20, 2012

Under the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment ... “The Government is committed to achieving a smokefree New Zealand by 2025 ...

Smoking on footpaths increases hazardous air pollutants - July 9, 2012

...Other likely benefits of smokefree streets would be decreased street cleaning costs from less cigarette butt litter, a better public image for a city, the reduction of ...

Smoking in streets can trigger lung cancer - study
TVNZ - July 9, 2012

Wellington City sports parks and playgrounds are to become smokefree areas, as the Council moves to support the Government's goal of making New Zealand ...

Smokefree Prisons a Winner (press release) - June 28, 2012

The Department of Corrections has scooped a national award for its communication campaign to make prisons smokefree environments. The Department won ...

No smoking in 43 sports parks and 104 playgrounds – council's new policy (press release) - June 7, 2012

All Wellington City sports parks and playgrounds are to become smoke-free areas as the Council moves to support the Government's goal of making New ...

Plea for bylaw on smokefree areas
Waikato Times - June 4, 2012

Calls are growing for the Hamilton City Council to implement a bylaw making areas of Hamilton's central city smokefree – with fines imposed on those who break ...

Smoking in cars ban may not work: Turia
MSN NZ News – June 1, 2012

Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia has admitted it may be too hard to ban smoking in cars. Ms Turia has asked the Ministry of Health to look at the options around banning smoking in cars, but she says it might be too difficult to police. …

Aim to free Aotearoa from smoking
Northern Advocate - June 1, 2012

In the mall a stall was set up to give out information on being smoke-free, provide ... Northland District Health Board Smokefree adviser Bridget Rowse said ...

Editorial: Snowball on the move
Timaru Herald - June 1, 2012

Support our cause: South Canterbury's smokefree youth ambassadors hope smoking will be banned in sports grounds, following the ban in playgrounds.

Passive Smoking Kills
TopNews New Zealand - May 31, 2012

"Passive smoking is little talked about. But it's critical. Getting exposed to second-hand smoke is just as bad as active smoking and passive smokers often suffer ...

Auckland parks go smokefree
Auckland - May 31, 2012

Sportsfields and playgrounds across central Auckland will officially be smokefree from today to coincide with World Smokefree Day. …

Time to make cars smokefree for our kids
New Zealand Doctor Online - May 31, 2012

"Today is World Smokefree Day. It's a day to celebrate how far we have come in reducing tobacco related harm and to look forward to the next steps required to ...

Tobacco excises passes first reading (press release) - May 25, 2012

This Bill is one more step towards living lives free from tobacco related illnesses.” ... we will be removing tobacco displays from retailers in the next two months; ...

Smoke-free country?
Independent Online - May 25, 2012

Wellington - There are smoke-free bars, smoke-free parks, even smoke-free college campuses. But a smoke-free country? New Zealand's government on ...

Young still exposed to second-hand smoke
3News NZ - May 25, 2012

The surveys also showed total smoking bans inside and outside homes increased from 17 per cent in 2004 to 31 per cent in 2008. The study, published in ...

Tobacco tax increase shows commitment to smokefree 2025
Scoop (New Zealand) - May 24, 2012

The government has announced a 40 per cent increase in the excise tax on tobacco. ASH communications manager Michael Colhoun says that previous tobacco tax increases have been highly successful in reducing smoking rates by spurring quit attempts.

A smoke-free country? New Zealand taxes aim for it
Associated Press (AP) - May 24, 2012

Officials hope higher taxes and new restrictions will bring the nation of 4.4 million closer to a recent pledge to snuff out the habit entirely by 2025.

Smokers support increased regulation of tobacco industry (press release) - May 22, 2012

...That is, 46% supported the setting of a date to ban commercial tobacco in ten years 'if ... Gerry Brownlee also announced the green zoning of 421 residential ...

Wellington Regional Public Health Wants Stricter Smoking Ban
TopNews Arab Emirates - May 17, 2012

It has already suggested the Porirua City Council to ban smoking at all public places, ... It has been emphasized that such bans are necessary to demolish smoking. ... Quit Smoking on No Smoking Day · Smoking to Be Banned In a Number of ...

Thornley, S.; Dirks, K.N.; Edwards, R.; Woodward, A.; Marshall, R., "Indoor air pollution levels were halved as a result of a national tobacco ban in a New Zealand prison," Nicotine and Tobacco Research [Epub ahead of print], May 15, 2012.

This air quality study of New Zealand prisons before and after a smokefree policy found that before the policy was implemented, the geometric mean was 6.58 mg/m3 (95% CI = 6.29-6.58), which declined to 5.17 mg/m3 (95% CI = 4.93-5.41) during a cigarette sales ban, and to 2.44 mg/m3 (95% CI = 2.37-2.52) after implementation of the smokefree policy. Regression analyses revealed an average 57 percent (95% CI = 42-68) decline in PM2.5 concentrations, when comparing the before and after periods.

Smokefreerockquest 2012 Rotorua Heats results (press release) - May 13, 2012

Smokefree has been the naming rights sponsor of Smokefreerockquest for 22 of its ... Smokefree is able to deliver its messages to large numbers of secondary ...

Patel, V.; Thomson, G.; Wilson, N., "Attitudes of business people to proposed smokefree shopping streets," Nicotine and Tobacco Research [Epub ahead of print], May 11, 2012.

This New Zealand study examined attitudes of business managers in Wellington's "Golden Mile" shopping district towards a possible outdoor smokefree policy. The response rate was 65.6 percent with 43.4 percent in support for smokefree policies and the remainder opposed. Nonsmokers overwhelmingly supported smokefree policies. Over 83 percent indicated that a policy would have either a positive or negligible impact on their business, compared to a negative impact. Nonconcern about the impact came mostly from non food oriented businesses (89.9 percent), versus food businesses (64 percent).

Shane Taurima interviews Tariana Turia
Voxy - May 5, 2012

She wants to make New Zealand smoke-free by 2025. No more puffing, therefore, ... SHANE You want a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025. Does that mean a complete ...

Q A: Transcript of Tariana Turia interview
TVNZ - May 5, 2012

She wants to make New Zealand smoke-free by 2025. ... You want a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025. Does that mean a complete ban on tobacco?

Casino VIPs smoked out
New Zealand Herald - May 5, 2012

Cancer Society public health advisor Jan Pearson said SkyCity was going against the Smoke Free Environments Act. SkyCity issued this response: "The decision ...

Pub's five-year smoking battle: 'An absolute waste of time and money'
New Zealand Herald - May 1, 2012

"An absolute waste of time and money" is how a Kaikohe publican is describing a five-year legal stoush over claims he allowed smoking in his pub. Kaikohe Hotel owner Neal Summers was prosecuted in 2008 under the then four-year-old Smokefree Environments Act banning smoking in enclosed public areas. …

New figures show hospital admissions for asthma are still too high ...
New Zealand Doctor Online - May 1, 2012

… We also network with all organisations to support and inform government's commitment to making Aotearoa New Zealand Smokefree by 2025. …

Council heeds demand for smoke free areas
The Daily Post - May 1, 2012

The number of council-owned smoke-free public places is set to increase after requests from local organisations. At a meeting of the Rotorua District ...

New Zealand considers drastically increasing cost of cigarettes in attempt to curb smoking
680 News - April 23, 2012

New Zealand hopes some tough new policies will help them become a nation of non-smokers by 2025. The country's health minister is considering drastically ...

Coming to New Zealand: $100 Cigarettes?
Newser - Apr 23, 2012

The Ministry of Health wants a smoke-free NZ by 2025, and the $100 price tag­which would be implemented by 2020­is one of the ideas being discussed ...

Editorial: Big Tobacco's smoke screen
Southland Times - Apr 22, 2012

Judging by earlier surveys associated with the war on tobacco – on sponsorship bans, smokefree workplaces, tax increases and the like – the few voices ...

US Chamber Of Commerce Lashes Over Plan Cigarette Packaging Plan
TopNews New Zealand - Apr 21, 2012

It seems that there is no early end to the fight against smoking, as in order to make New Zealand smoke free, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia has ...

Auckland Plan includes Smokefree by 2025 (press release) - April 11, 2012

Cancer Society Auckland commends Auckland Council on the inclusion of Smokefree into the newly released Auckland Plan. The Auckland Plan includes a clear ...

New Zealand delegates push for tobacco free world by 2040 (press release) - March 16, 2012

New Zealand delegates to the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) taking place this week in Singapore want the world to be tobacco free by 2040. …

Five Midland DHBs work together to be Smokefree / tobacco free by 2025
New Zealand Doctor Online - Mar 5, 2012

... the Midland Iwi Relationship Board (MIRB) to renew commitment to making their central North Island districts entirely Smokefree / tobacco free by 2025.

Tobacco-free by 2025 a pipe dream?
New Zealand Doctor Online - February 28, 2012

New Zealand does not appear ideally placed to achieve the Government's "tobacco-free by 2025" goal. A low and rapidly falling rate of smoking best prepares ...

Political leadership needed to achieve tobacco-free goal
New Zealand Doctor Online - February 28, 2012

The article also says that a tobacco-free New Zealand needs clear targets such as: close to zero tobacco use, the ending of the commercial supply of tobacco ...

Labour supports smoke-free NZ by 2025
Voxy - February 28, 2012

The political consensus on tobacco control established in the last term of Parliament must continue if New Zealand is to become smoke-free by 2025, ...

Calls to sack Mike Moore
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2012-02-27

Maori political leaders are outraged New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States, Mike Moore, hosted an event sponsored by tobacco giant Philip Morris and there are calls for him to be sacked. …

Call for Moore to be sacked as US ambassador
Otago Daily Times - Feb 26, 2012

New Zealand's ambassador to the United States, Mike Moore, is facing calls for his sacking after hosting an event sponsored by a tobacco giant. … Having Mr Moore host the event undermined world-leading legislation aimed at making New Zealand smokefree by 2025, Mr Harawira said. …

Undoctored: Ambassador co-hosting tobacco sponsored event a “mystifying ...
New Zealand Doctor Online - Feb 26, 2012

She says worst of all, however, is that fact that going to tobacco company sponsored ... that any form of partnership with tobacco companies be banned. …

Ban may curb smoking: study
Otago Daily Times - Feb 21, 2012

The study revealed social smokers managed the conflict between being non-smokers who smoked, by limiting where and when they smoked, and differentiating ...

Scientists call for smoke-free areas outside pubs
The Co-operative - February 21, 2012

The study's lead author, Professor Janet Hoek, said: "Introducing smoke-free outdoors bars could reduce social smoking by removing cues that stimulate this ...

Second-hand smoke 'drifts' indoors - December 19, 2011

Even sitting indoors in a smokefree pub may not protect you from second-hand smoke. Seven years after laws came into force banning smoking inside bars, ...

Edward, R.; Wilson, N., "Smoking outdoors at pubs and bars: is it a problem? An air quality study," Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association [Epub ahead of print], December 16, 2011.

This New Zealand study found that air quality in semi-enclosed outdoor areas was variable. When patrons and staff can travel between outdoor smoking areas and smokefree indoor areas, secondhand smoke drift often reduces indoor air quality. The researchers recommended that travel between areas be regulated to maintain indoor air quality and to protect worker health.

Smoking in Cardiff playgrounds could be banned
WalesOnline - December 16, 2011

The proposal comes as the Welsh Government looks at making many outdoor public spaces across Wales smoke free. Smoking is already banned in enclosed public ..

Council adopts Smokefree outdoor policy (press release) - December 15, 2011

An effort to avoid children and young people seeing smokers as role-models has led the Selwyn District Council to adopt a Smokefree Public Outdoor Areas ...

Hamilton Zoo stubs out smoking with new Smoke-Free policy (press release) - December 5, 2011

Hamilton Zoo is helping to stub out smoking with the introduction of a new smoke-free policy. The policy will see the majority of the Hamilton Zoo grounds ...

Push to outlaw smoking in cars
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2011-12-04

The battle over banning smoking in private cars has flared again. ...

Watson, D.; Glover, M.; McCool, J.; Bullen, C.; Adams, B.; Min, S., "Impact of national smokefree environments laws on teachers, schools and early childhood centres," Health Promotion Journal of Australia 22(3):166-171, December 2011.

This survey of 2,004 New Zealand teachers found that smoking behaviors changed after implementation of the country's clean indoor air law in 2004. It was found that more Maori and Pacific Island teachers were smokers than white teachers (12 percent versus 7 percent). More teachers from low socioeconomic schools perceived poor compliance and staff visibly smoking.

Smokefree at playgrounds
Auckland - Emma Whittaker - November 4, 2011

Playgrounds in Mt Roskill are about to become smokefree zones – a first for parks in central Auckland. The Puketapapa Local Board has made all 25 ...

Let's Kick It in the Butt – Proud M ori Are Smokefree! (press release) - November 3, 2011

Let's stop our children from starting by supporting a smokefree Auckland.” The damaging result of these cigarettes is that 1700 people die every year from ...

Tobacco giant helps to install smoking bins in railway station
Otago Daily Times - Laura Mills - October 18, 2011

...She urged KiwiRail to become completely smokefree, noting its already smokefree Tranz Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth promised "clean, fresh, ...

Wide support for tobacco-free NZ by 2025
Voxy (nz), 2011-09-05

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that senior officials, health practitioners, decision-makers and opinion-leaders support bold new ways of thinking being explored to achieve a tobacco-free New Zealand. ...

New Zealand Government Plans to Make Country Smoke-Free
TopNews New Zealand - Neeraj Shahane - September 5, 2011

In the month of July, the country banned smoking almost at every part of the country. But still, there are a number of smokers who are not aware of the ...

Smoke Ban Resulted in Reduction of Fires and Arson-Related ...
TopNews New Zealand - Avinash Tripathi - August 17, 2011

The fires and arson-related incidents have reduced in prisons since the introduction of smoking ban last month, Corrections Minister Judith Collins stated. ...

Fewer prison fires since smoking ban - Corrections - August 1, 2011

Prisoners have been lighting fewer fires than usual since the smoking ban began a month ago, a Department of Corrections spokesman says. ...

Call for cigarettes to be prescription-only
TVNZ - August 1, 2011

Anae told TV ONE's Breakfast that to achieve the Government's plan of a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025, the country needs to start thinking outside the box. ...

Hospital moves to ban smoking from streets (TVNZ), 2011-07-17
Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB

Waikato Hospital wants to ban smokers from lighting up on the road outside its grounds. ...

New Zealand to Get Smoke Free Soon
TopNews New Zealand - Neeraj Shahane - July 15, 2011

New Zealand government is all set to make their country a smoke free place to live in, as according to a bill passed in Parliament, dairies, petrol stations and supermarkets would soon have to remove their cigarette and tobacco displays, and they would ...

Speech : Smokefree Environments - Tariana Turia
Scoop (nz), 2011-07-14
Hon Tariana Turia Associate Minister of Health

I move, that the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill be now read a third time. ...

Council Discards the Move to Ban Smoking On the Streets of Auckland
TopNews New Zealand - Dinesh Chandra Gaur - July 14, 2011

The council has for now rejected the budge which is aimed at banning smoking on the streets of Auckland. The proposal that would have banned smoking from Auckland's street and barred the smokers from the employment at the city's largest District Health ...

Law change targets tobacco industry - July 14, 2011

All but three ACT MPs voted for the Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said the bill closed a loophole that the tobacco industry used to prey on young people. ...

Smoking Ban is Not the Right Decision, Say Experts
TopNews New Zealand - Neeraj Shahane - July 14, 2011

The smoking ban has created some serious problems for the prisoners. Many people think that the implementation of the smoking ban was one of the stupidest things that were planned by the government because the ban has created many troubles for not only ...

Should employers be able to refuse to employ smokers?
New Zealand Herald - July 14, 2011

AP photo / Rob Griffith One of New Zealand's major employers is looking at refusing to hire smokers, and Auckland Council bosses will consider banning smoking in central-city streets and at bus stops. The Auckland District Health Board, which employs ...

Support for plans smoking ban plans
Newstalk ZB - July 14, 2011

AUT senior lecturer in nursing, Grace Wong says it's important to have a healthy workforce, but she would like there to be a package to support people who give up smoking. "The most important thing is for health professionals to quit, and the reasons ...

Smokers face street ban
New Zealand Herald - Wayne Thompson, Martin Johnston - July 14, 2011

Auckland Council bosses will consider banning smoking in central-city streets and at bus stops. Photo / Thinkstock One of New Zealand's major employers is looking at refusing to hire smokers, and Auckland Council ...

VIDEO: Prison smoking ban: How have inmates reacted?
TV3 (nz), 2011-07-11

It has been a month since prisoners could purchase cigarettes.

And from last Friday, they were no longer allowed to smoke at all.

All tobacco products, and the means of lighting them, are now completely banned from New Zealand prisons.

Prisoner sets mattress alight after smoking ban kicks in
Auckland - Michelle Robinson - July 13, 2011

A maximum security inmate set fire to a mattress just days after the national smoking ban in prisons was established. An inmate at Auckland Prison in Paremoremo set fire to the foam mattress and pushed it into the hallway where it ''almost completely ...

VIDEO: Former inmate: Smoking ban won't cause riots (TVNZ), 2011-07-01
ONE News

A former inmate turned academic doesn't believe a nationwide prison smoking ban that comes into effect today will result in any major problems within prison walls. ...

No smoke, no fire, no trouble from inmates
Taranaki Daily News - Lyn Humphreys - July 1, 2011

That's the feedback from New Plymouth Prison manager Peter Madsen after the first day of the smoking ban for prisoners – and staff. Yesterday all New Zealand prisons became smokefree and anything related to smoking is now classed as contraband. ...

AUT University to Go Smoke-Free (press release) - May 31, 2011

AUT University announced today that its three teaching campuses in Auckland will become smoke-free. This extends the current prohibition to all buildings and open spaces within the City, North Shore and Manukau campuses. AUT Vice Chancellor Derek ...

Call for more resources ahead of prison smoking ban
3News NZ - May 31, 2011

A call for more resources to help prisons cope with a ban on smoking is being rejected by Corrections Minister Judith Collins. The Public Service Association union says it is worried new inmates who are forced to quit smoking when they enter prison ...

Carrots, not cigarettes for NZ inmates
BigPond News - May 31, 2011

NZ inmates have been told to swap cigarettes for carrot sticks to prepare for July when prisons ban smoking. Kiwi inmates are being told to swap cigarettes for carrot sticks as a quirky and cheap way to kick the habit before they're forced to go ...

Auckland's parks to be smoke-free
MSN NZ News - April 7, 2011

The move will see the regional parks join a growing number of outdoor facilities that have banned smoking including Auckland Zoo, Mt Smart Stadium, Eden Park and playgrounds, skate parks and sports fields used by children in Manukau and Waitakere. ...

Governments response to the future of Pacific Smoking (press release) - March 15, 2011

Tala Pasifika, the National Pacific Tobacco Control Service celebrate yesterday's announcement from Government who have set the goal of supporting New Zealand to become a smoke free nation by 2025. Tala Pasifika congratulates the gutsy leadership from ...

College of GPs Welcomes Smokefree Response (press release) - March 15, 2011

The Government has agreed to the goal of halving tobacco consumption by 2015 and making New Zealand essentially smokefree by 2025. RNZCGP President Dr Harry Pert says they are ambitious targets, but necessary ones. “The statistics around preventable ...

Smokefree target a 'major step forward' - Heart Foundation
TVNZ - March 15, 2011

The Heart Foundation says the goal of making New Zealand smokefree requires a long term commitment. Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia yesterday released the government's response to the recommendations of the Maori Affairs Committee Report into ...

College says Tobacco Plan a step in the right direction
Media Newswire (press release) - March 15, 2011

The Royal College of Psychiatrists, a member of the Smoke Free Action Coalition congratulates the government on its new Tobacco Plan. In advance of the launch we wrote to the government urging it to endorse an aspirational plan including: ...

Tougher controls needed to make NZ smokefree
Newstalk ZB - March 15, 2011

The Quit Group also want tougher controls and more support need to go hand in hand with the smokefree goal. Ms Snowden says control strategies including increasing the price of cigarettes and strict display rules need to be looked at. ...

Govt commits to smokefree NZ by 2025
TVNZ - March 14, 2011

As well as a committment to making New Zealand smokefree by 2025, the government will look into law changes around the promotion, packaging and display of tobacco products. It will also investigate regulating the use of additives and nicotine levels in ...

NZ Plans to Ban Outdoor Smoking at Bars, Cafes and Restaurants
TopNews New Zealand - Neeraj Shahane - March 7, 2011

Astrolabe Restaurant and Bar manager Ken Greenhill said that the outside is very huge they have not targeted it as an outside smoking area but nobody complained about the smoking ban there. The smoking controls are planned keeping in view the harmful ...

Wellingtonians back smoking ban - February 8, 2011

Should smoking be banned on Wellington's Golden Mile? More than half of Wellingtonians think the city's Golden Mile central shopping area should be ...

Prisons prepare for July 1 smoking ban - Charlie Gates - January 10, 2011

Smokers sent to prison after the July smoking ban could be kept in their own wing to avoid trouble as they battle withdrawal symptoms.

A ban on smoking in prison will start on July 1.

An estimated 5600 New Zealand inmates smoke, which is about 67 per cent of the prison population. ...

Turia aims to make vehicles smoke-free
New Zealand Herald - Martin Johnston - November 8, 2010

The minister responsible for tobacco control, Tariana Turia, wants smoking banned in cars and will push for other tough policies to encourage the virtual end of smoking in New Zealand.

In her first interview since she announced last week that the Government would introduce legislation to ban retail displays of tobacco, the Associate Health Minister and Maori Party co-leader yesterday outlined to the Herald the measures she wants brought in to save lives by reducing smoking.

Her public-health agenda may be several steps ahead of the National Party Cabinet, but she has already got her way on big tobacco tax increases and retail displays and has won support to explore Australia's plans for plain packaging of tobacco products.

"I would have very much liked to ban smoking in cars," she said. "Some people feel it's going a little too far, telling people what to do in their own private vehicles." ...

Govt acts to take tobacco off display
Otago Daily Times (nz), 2010-11-05
Stu Oldham

Tobacco displays in shops look set to be banned next year in what some hope is the beginning of the end for tobacco sales in New Zealand.

The Cabinet has backed a raft of tobacco reforms that include removing displays in shops and providing for instant fines for those caught selling to minors.

The proposals were announced a day after the Maori affairs select committee tabled measures aimed at making New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia yesterday said smoking "cast a long shadow of death and disease" and the changes were a strong step in reducing its threat.

"There is still so much to be done, but I'm more confident than ever that we can reach the goal of New Zealand being a nation free of tobacco," she said in a statement.

Editorial : Anti-smoking prescription too radical
New Zealand Herald, 2010-11-05

Parliament's Maori Affairs select committee had good reason to initiate an inquiry into the tobacco industry.

The Maori smoking rate is 45 per cent, more than double that of the rest of the population and, on average, Maori take up the habit at a startlingly young age of 11. . . .

The approach over the past 10 years has, however, been far from a total success. During its time, the overall number of smokers has varied little from 20 per cent.

There is little to suggest more of the same would have much of an impact. What works best, according to researchers and health officials, are price rises.

Yet these have been absent from the anti-smoking strategy for a decade until being resurrected this year in legislation that will ultimately lift the tax on cigarettes by more than 30 per cent and loose tobacco by more than 44.

That law was shepherded through Parliament by Mrs Turia, who is also Maori Party co-leader. To a large degree, she has stolen the thunder of the select committee. . . .

In reality, the Government has already closed the one yawning gap in the long-running anti-smoking strategy. This offers more promise than the more radical measures proposed by the committee, some of which would have malign consequences.

Yet even a more cogent and comprehensive Government policy may yield only so much. Education campaigns and other measures have left New Zealanders in no doubt about the dangers of tobacco. Diehards, however, will probably always stand in the way of making the country smoke-free, let alone by 2025. ...

Backing For Tobacco Control Proposals
Voxy (nz), 2010-11-03

Opposition parties and anti-smoking lobby groups are backing tough new recommendations for controlling tobacco.

Parliament's Maori affairs select committee, after a year-long inquiry, today released a report setting goals of halving smoking by 2015 and turning New Zealand into a smokefree nation by 2025.

It wants the Government to reduce the amount of tobacco imported, force tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging, extend smokefree areas to vehicles, ban vending machines, make tobacco companies fund smoking cessation products and ban tobacco displays in shops.

"The committee wanted to come up with a hard-hitting report that the Government can pick up and run with to improve the health of Maori and of all New Zealanders, and we think we have done that," said committee chairman Tau Henare.

"Our package of recommendations concentrates on putting financial, ethical and legal pressure primarily on the tobacco industry instead of just focusing on smokers." ...

Smokefree By 2025 "A Huge Ask" Key Says
Voxy - November 2, 2010

rime Minister John Key says it would be "a huge ask" to achieve a smokefree New Zealand by 2025 -- a goal that is set in a parliamentary report to be released tomorrow.

The Maori affairs select committee has held an inquiry into the tobacco industry, hearing hundreds of submissions over the last few months.

Its report is understood to set the smokefree goal and recommend tobacco displays in shops be banned, cigarettes and loose tobacco sold in plain packaging and a ban on smoking in cars and public places.

It will also ask the Government to cut down the amount of tobacco imported into New Zealand and suggest tobacco companies should pay for addiction treatment like nicotine patches.

The recommendations are not binding on the Government, and Mr Key was cautious when reporters asked him about it.

"It would be extremely difficult," he said in response to questions about making New Zealand smokefree by 2025.

"The good news is less people are smoking and there is greater awareness of the damage that you can do to your health. ...

'Balancing Acts': The Politics and Processes of Smokefree Area Policymaking in a Small State
Wilson, H.; Thomson, G.
Health Policy [Epub ahead of print], September 18, 2010.

"Nanny State" worries trump child health in smokefree...
Scoop (nz), 2010-09-30
Press Release: University of Otago

Despite strong public and smoker support for smokefree area changes, research from the University of Otago, Wellington indicates that New Zealand politicians and health officials prefer education to protect children, not regulation.

The findings emerge from a new study examining influences on smokefree area policy development, in which Department of Public Health researchers Helen Wilson and Dr George Thomson analysed interviews with 62 politicians and senior officials.

Dr Thomson says the reluctance to regulate appears to be because of fears of the politics involved, including ‘nanny state’ worries, and because politicians and policymakers are generally not aware of the strong support for change. ...

Public support further smoking bans - study
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2010-09-30

The majority of New Zealanders support additional smoking bans but the Government is reluctant to regulate for fear of being seen as a "nanny state", new research shows.

The study, by Otago University Wellington's Department of Public Health, found strong support for changes to smokefree areas.

Health researcher George Thomson said the study found politicians and health officials preferred education to protect children, rather than regulation.

Dr Thomson, who analysed interviews with 62 politicians and senior officials, said a reluctance to regulate appeared to stem from a fear of the politics involved and ignorance about the level of support for changes to smokefree policies. "While the majority of those interviewed perceived the issue of smokefree public areas as highly controversial, the reality is that recent research shows, for instance, that more than 65 percent of smokers, and 75 percent of the New Zealand public, think smoking should not be allowed at public playgrounds," he said. ...

Leaks reveal over $6m spent on tobacco front group
Otago Daily Times (nz), 2010-09-11

Leaked documents have revealed tobacco companies funnelled more than $6 million into establishing an Australian front group, just months after a New Zealand retailers' group was also found to have links with the tobacco industry.

The documents show the newly-formed Alliance of Australian Retailers, which was set up last month to fight the planned introduction of plain cigarette packaging in Australia, has received over A$5 million (NZ$6.3 million) from the three biggest tobacco giants. . . .

The revelation comes just months after a recently-established New Zealand group, the Association of Community Retailers (ACR), was also revealed to have received support from the tobacco industry.

The ACR, which was critical of the New Zealand Government's tobacco price hikes in April, has rejected suggestions it was backed by tobacco cash and said it was entirely funded by its small retailer members.

But Imperial Tobacco's New Zealand sales and marketing director, Tony Meirs, told a select committee in May that his company had provided public relations advice to the group through a PR agency, Omeka Public Relations.

Bloggers have revealed a number of other links between Omeka Public Relations, the ACR and Imperial Tobacco. ...

Whanganui to ban smoking in council-owned parks and reserves
The Dominion Post - Aug 30, 2010

Smoking will become illegal in Whanganui's premier parks, despite Mayor Michael Laws saying the new bylaw treats smokers like patched gang members.

The Smokefree Parks bylaw gives the council the authority to ban smoking in any of the parks or reserves it owns. It has indicated this will happen in Whanganui's six premier parks: Virginia Lake, Kowhai Park, Queens Park, Bason Botanic Gardens, Castlecliff Coastal Reserve and the upgraded central city area – covering 123 hectares of the city.

At a full Wanganui District Council meeting yesterday, the bylaw was passed by eight votes to four, but not before animated discussion. ...

Prison ban could cause riots corrections
New Zealand Herald, 2010-08-30
Derek Cheng

The Government ban on prisoners smoking in jail could lead to increased riots and disorder, the Corrections Department has warned.

But it noted that a long implementation period that included quitting programmes would reduce the risks.

In June, Corrections Minister Judith Collins said prisons would be smoke-free by July 2011. Prisoners would not be able to smoke or carry tobacco or lighters, and prison staff would be allowed to smoke only in designated outdoor areas.

The Corrections Association criticised the move as putting staff in danger, but Ms Collins said a ban would be healthier and prevent legal action against the department for failing to provide a safe environment. ...

A qualitative case study of policy maker views about the protection of children from smoking in cars
George Thomson, Sheena Hudson, Nick Wilson, and Richard Edwards
Nicotine & Tobacco Research published 9 August 2010

Mental services smoking ban fails
Otago Daily Times (nz), 2010-08-06
Elspeth McLean

Moves to ban all smoking on hospital premises faltered yesterday when the Southern District Health Board voted against smoke-free mental health services.

The board had been asked to endorse implementing its smoke-free policy for mental health services and facilities, following a lengthy discussion at its hospitals advisory committee meeting, but yesterday the board vote was lost on voices.

Member Richard Thomson, who has spoken out repeatedly about the move to have mental health patients not permitted to leave hospital premises banned from smoking, indicated at the start of the debate he did not expect to win the argument. He said he could not vote for forced treatment for a group of people who had not asked for it. "That is a very significant step to take."

His research had showed it was not an effective way of getting patients to stop smoking and could put patients off seeking the treatment they needed He referred to an email he had received from a person with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia who said he refused to access health care because of the " totalitarian anti-choice regime in psychiatric hospitals".

Patients at Wakari Hospital's 9A and 9B wards can light up in a grassed courtyard. ...

Majority of New Zealanders back tobacco sales ban - poll
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2010-08-03

The majority of New Zealanders support an end to commercial tobacco sales by 2020, a UMR Research survey has found.

The survey, for anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), asked 750 respondents if they agreed or disagreed that "New Zealand should be a completely Smokefree nation by 2020. This means smoked tobacco would not be widely available for sale."

Fifty-nine percent of respondents "agreed" or "strongly agreed" with the statement, ASH said. ...

Psychiatric wards to be smoke-free
Otago Daily Times (nz), 2010-07-30
Eileen Goodwin

Smoking is to be banned at psychiatric wards in Dunedin, a move labelled "forced treatment" by Southern District Health Board (SDHB) member Richard Thomson.

The hospital advisory committee this week endorsed a plan to ban smoking at Wakari Hospital and Dunedin Hospital mental health wards.

Mr Thomson said the ban was akin to forced treatment for psychiatric patients who were not entitled to leave hospital grounds.

This would not be acceptable for any other group of patients, he said.

He emphasised he was not pro-smoking, and he supported encouraging patients to kick the habit.

However, using psychiatric patients' "coincidental imprisonment" to enforce quitting was not right.

Even inpatients with severe respiratory conditions were able to smoke if they left hospital grounds, some even "dragging their drip" on to the street. ...

Whangarei council to make parks smoke-free
Radio New Zealand - July 29, 2010

The council this week approved a smoke-free policy for all its sportsfields, reserves and playgrounds. It acknowledges the policy cannot be enforced, ...

Bid to extend smokefree status
Otago Daily Times - Eileen Goodwin - July 26, 2010

A bid to extend smokefree status to include psychiatric patients will be presented at a Southern District Health Board committee today.

The hospital advisory committee will consider the request to extend the DHB's non-smoking policy to Dunedin Hospital's 1A, Wakari Hospital, including all hospital grounds.

An unauthorised pilot scheme preventing some detained psychiatric patients at Wakari Hospital from smoking was stopped last month after a DHB board member complained.

A report in the meeting agenda recommends the hospital advisory committee approve the plan to make mental-health services smokefree.

In the report, the mental-health service disagrees with the assertion that preventing detained mental health patients from smoking breached their rights. ...

Minister confirms prison smoking ban
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2010-06-28

Prisoners will be forced to go cold-turkey on 1 July next year after a government decree to ban smoking.

Corrections minister Judith Collins announced the measure today saying it was out of concern for the health and safety of prison staff. There was also concern about potential legal action from prison staff or non-smoking prisoners over exposure to second-hand smoke if no action was taken.

Corrections head Barry Matthews said prisoners also used lighters and matches to damage property, such as throwing burning balls of toilet paper at guards and setting fires in their cells.

Two-phase anti-smoking strategy
New Zealand Press Association (NZPA), 2010-06-23

A two-part strategy was outlined today by Jeffrey Wigand to the Maori Affairs Select Committee inquiry into smoking.

The first part included:

* Make cigarette packages plain and nondescript so they were not an advertising tool.

* Put tobacco behind the counter, so customers have to ask for it specifically.

* Increase the price -- a 10 percent price increase causes a 7 percent erosion in the ability of youth to buy tobacco. . . .

Dr Wigand also suggested a secondary phase, or much more aggressive strategy.

* Sell tobacco only were youth are not permitted, such as R18 venues.

* Eliminate all additives that are intentionally added, don't make it so tasty, and the nicotine manipulating substances.

* Take nicotine in cigarettes immediately to zero

Call to make cigarettes illegal by 2020
TV3 (nz), 2010-06-23
Dan Parker

The man famous for blowing the whistle on the US tobacco industry has urged a parliamentary select committee in Wellington to make cigarettes illegal within 10 years.

Dr Jeffrey Wigand, the man portrayed by Russell Crowe in the film The Insider, says Parliament could easily achieve a smokefree society by 2020.

For many years Dr Wigand worked for tobacco giant Brown and Williamson. Now the corporate whistleblower uses his intricate knowledge of the industry to influence policy around the world.

NZ smokers exposed to more tar than Aussies
New Zealand Herald, 2010-06-21
Martin Johnston

New Zealand smokers are exposed to much more nicotine from cigarettes than are Australians, possibly because of a preference for high-nicotine brands on this side of the Tasman.

The results come from a tobacco industry study, which also found New Zealand smokers are exposed to the greatest average amount of tar out of 5703 smokers in eight countries.

Nicotine is the addictive part of tobacco smoke, and tar is an irritant thought to be a major cause of lung cancer. . . .

The study by international company British American Tobacco's researchers in Britain tested 80,000 butts supplied from smoked cigarettes by smokers in eight countries. Fifteen cigarette brands were tested in each country, to reflect the range available.

The study was published online by the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.

Wakari Hospital's smoke-free bid blasted
Otago Daily Times - Eileen Goodwin - Jun 13, 2010

Removing the right of some locked-in psychiatric patients to smoke at Wakari Hospital breaches human rights and should not have been implemented without the say-so of the health board, Southern District Health Board member Richard Thomson says.

Mr Thomson has called for a pilot smoke-free scheme introduced at a locked ward at Wakari to be stopped.

Under the scheme at Wakari's 9B ward, only patients considered not to be a clinical risk are allowed off the grounds to smoke.

Smoking is not permitted in the ward itself, nor in an outdoor courtyard. ...

Zoo joins tidal wave of bans on smoking
New Zealand Herald - Martin Johnston - May 26, 2010

Auckland Zoo will ban smoking from Saturday, riding the growing wave of opposition to lighting up at outdoor venues.

Smoking is banned by law indoors at all workplaces and everywhere - both indoors and outdoors - at schools and early childhood centres.

Now a growing number of outdoor venues, universities and polytechnics are choosing to ban smoking. Nearly a third of city and district councils actively discourage smoking in their playgrounds and sports fields, mainly by putting up signs. ...

Two thirds of kiwis want a smokefree New Zealand by 2020
New Zealand Doctor Online - May 18, 2010

The Smokefree Coalition will present research to the Maori Affairs Select Committee in Wellington tomorrow showing that 64 percent of New Zealanders completely support an end to tobacco sales by 2020.

The new findings from UMR back up the Coalition's proposal for a comprehensive set of policies to end the commercial sale of tobacco by 2020.

Coalition Director Dr Prudence Stone and Chairperson Professor Robert Beaglehole will outline to the Select Committee a Vision for a tobacco free New Zealand and the steps required to reach this within a decade.

"The recent tax increases on tobacco products are an important first step in achieving this Vision. The next steps include further tax increases, banning retail displays, switching to plain packaging and making youth environments smokefree.

"We also need to restrict the supply of tobacco products and several options for achieving that merit investigation," Professor Beaglehole said.

"If public support is what our leaders need in order to act, then these survey results show they have it. The public shares our Vision to free New Zealand from tobacco's deadly grip within a generation." ...

Smoking ban proposed for city's public places
Otago Daily Times - James Boucher - May 13, 2010

Dunedin anti-smoking groups are set to recommend the Dunedin City Council adopt a smokefree policy for public spaces throughout the city.

Public Health South health promotion adviser Dave Gibbs said Smokefree Otago would submit a report with recommendations to the DCC Community Development Committee later this month regarding smokefree outdoor areas and events. ...

Iwi proposes total tobacco ban - May 10, 2010

East Coast iwi Ngati Kahungunu are advocating not just to make their marae smoke-free places, but also tobacco-free, as part of a movement to disassociate Maori culture from smoking.

The iwi's Tobacco Use Strategy has gained the support of advocacy organisation Te Reo Marama.

Its director, Shane Bradbrook, said the strategy was the first of its kind because it would get smoke-free policy embedded within traditional Maori law. ...

University confirms plan to stub out smoking
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2010-04-05

Canterbury University's goal of being smoke-free by next year has been confirmed by vice-chancellor Rod Carr.

In a report to the university council, Carr said the decision would "require support from staff".

Under current policy, smokers can light-up only in designated areas around the campus.

A university spokesman said there would be consultation on the change and assistance for those wanting to stop smoking.

The university is expected to release an education and information programme within two months. ...

Docs urge ban on smoking in cars when kids present
New Zealand Herald, 2010-03-28
Rebecca Lewis

Members of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, which represents 9000 physicians and paediatricians in Australia and New Zealand, want to see smokers fined for lighting up in a "confined space" to protect the health of children.

Smokefree Coalition Board chairman Robert Beaglehole agrees. ...

Getting an Outdoor Smokefree Policy: the Case of Kapiti Coast District Council.
Halkett, L.; Thomson, G.
New Zealand Medical Journal. January 29, 2010, 123(1308): 28-40.

Older non-smokers gain most from tobacco ban, study suggests
EurekAlert, 2010-03-16

A study in New Zealand showed that, three years after a smoking ban on all workplaces was introduced, hospital admissions for heart attacks among men and women aged 55-74 fell by 9 per cent. This figure rose to 13 per cent for 55-74 year olds who had never smoked.

Overall, the research showed heart attacks among people aged 30 and over fell by an average of 5 per cent in the three years following the ban.

The study, involving scientists from the University of Edinburgh, examined trends in acute heart attacks following a change in legislation. The ruling, which updates a previous law in which smoking was outlawed in some public places, makes smoking illegal in all workplaces including bars and restaurants. . . .

The study, carried out with the Universities of Otago and Canterbury in New Zealand and the University of Southampton, was published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. ...

Study Suggests Older Non-Smokers Gain Most From Tobacco Ban
Medical News TODAY(UK), 2010-03-17
Source: Catriona Kelly University of Edinburgh

Older people who have never smoked benefit most from smoking bans, a study suggests.

A study in New Zealand showed that, three years after a smoking ban on all workplaces was introduced, hospital admissions for heart attacks among men and women aged 55-74 fell by 9 per cent. This figure rose to 13 per cent for 55-74 year olds who had never smoked.

Overall, the research showed heart attacks among people aged 30 and over fell by an average of 5 per cent in the three years following the ban.
The study, involving scientists from the University of Edinburgh, examined trends in acute heart attacks following a change in legislation.

The ruling, which updates a previous law in which smoking was outlawed in some public places, makes smoking illegal in all workplaces including bars and restaurants.

Researchers also found that heart attacks were reduced for ex-smokers of all ages, and that there was a greater decrease in hospital admissions for men compared with women. ...

Southland and Otago DHBs Revise Smokefree policy (press release) - March 16, 2010

Southland and Otago DHBs are committed to protecting their communities from the harm caused by smoking and are launching a revised and stronger Smokefree policy to reaffirm this fact.

The revised Smokefree (Auahi Kore) Policy, launched this week, outlines the DHBs’ commitment to providing a smokefree environment for all patients, staff and visitors.

It also states how the DHBs will ensure all hospitalised patients who smoke are provided with on-going support and advice to quit by using the ABC approach ...

Auckland Uni begins the year smoke free
3News - Kim Choe - March 1, 2010

Students starting the new academic year at the University of Auckland have been given a clear message - no smoking.

The university is the first in the country to impose a total smoking ban on all of its campuses, including outdoor areas.

Students enjoying orientation week at the University of Auckland were also liking the clean air, with smoking now banned on all university property. ...

Key not keen on smoking ban at beaches, public places (TVNZ), 2010-02-08
Source: ONE News/NZPA

A proposal to ban smoking at beaches and other public places doesn't have the support of Prime Minister John Key, who thinks it is too "nanny state".

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service last week said it would urge tougher measures in a submission to the Maori affairs select committee's inquiry into the tobacco industry and the effects of tobacco use on Maori.

The Auckland service wanted the law banning indoor smoking at workplaces extended to playgrounds, outdoor eating areas, beaches, the area outside buildings, cars when a child under 16 is present, public transport stops and pedestrian malls. ...

Kiwis told they will get used to smoking ban
TVNZ - Feb 7, 2010

Health officials say Kiwis will eventually get used to a smoking ban on beaches and public areas.

The move is being looked at by a parliamentary select committee.

The call comes from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS).

They say Kiwis could get used to it - like they did when the smoking was banned in restaurants and bars in 2003. ...

Smoking fight moves to beaches
New Zealand Herald - Martin Johnston - February 4, 2010

Taxpayer-funded health officials are calling on the Government to increase tobacco tax and ban smoking in many outdoor public areas such as beaches.

The call from the Auckland Regional Public Health Service for a range of tough measures comes in its submission to the Maori affairs select committee's forthcoming inquiry into the tobacco industry and the effects of tobacco use on Maori.

Hopes are high among public health campaigners that the inquiry will re-frame debate on tobacco and make it easier for the Government to adopt radical measures to make New Zealand smokefree within 10 years.

The Auckland service wants the law banning indoor smoking at workplaces extended to playgrounds, outdoor eating areas, beaches, the area outside buildings, cars when a child aged less than 16 is present, public transport stops and pedestrian malls. ...

Tobacco smoking will be banned in the Gisborne region if ...
New Zealand Doctor Online - Amanda Cameron - February 3, 2010

Turanganui PHO is calling for a prohibition of tobacco in Tairawhiti as a way to prevent smoking-related deaths among the region’s Maori.

The PHO made its radical recommendation in a submission to the Maori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the tobacco industry and its impact on Maori.

“Our intentions are clear,” the submission reads. “Cut off the supply of tobacco while committed organizations address and reduce the impact on the users.

“We ask that the Committee assist to eventually eliminate the use of tobacco, and help to resolve the genocidal impact the industry is having on Maori here in Tairawhiti.” ...

Study shows Kiwis want to see cigarettes banned by 2020 (TVNZ), 2010-01-29

Half the nation, including smokers, support completely banning cigarettes within 10 years, a study has found.

The 2008 Health and Lifestyles Survey compiled nationwide interviews from the Health Sponsorship Council of 1608 people, including 422 smokers, and has just been published in the NZ Medical Journal.

It found 49.8% of people agreed cigarettes should no longer be sold in New Zealand in 10 years, 30.3% disagreed and 19.9% neither agreed nor disagreed. Of the smokers surveyed, 26.2% agreed and 55.3% disagreed.

The study also showed public support for plain, unbranded cigarette packets and fewer tobacco retailers.

Pacific Islanders, in particular, showed strong support for the measures. ...

Council says `no' to lower Octagon plan
Otago Daily Times - David Loughrey - January 25, 2010

Backers of a plan to close the lower Octagon to traffic during summer weekends were challenged yesterday to come up with a more compelling reason to do so, as the Dunedin City Council voted nine to four against the idea.

The Lower Octagon Forum also lost support for its lack of interest in helping fund the plan, at a council planning and environment committee meeting yesterday.

The first committee meeting of the year debated the matter, and most other matters on the agenda, at some length with election day looming only nine months away.

The forum asked the council to consider closing the lower Octagon to traffic from 6pm on Fridays to 6pm on Sundays during summer, something it hoped would improve the ambience of the area. ...

Smoking ban unlikely
Otago Daily Times - Edith Schofield - January 22, 2010

A recommendation to turn down a request to introduce a Dunedin City Council bylaw banning smoking on footpaths around Dunedin Hospital is disappointing, but not surprising, hospital managers say.

"It was an unusual request," Otago District Health Board chief operating officer Vivian Blake said. ...

Push to New Zealand smoke free by 2020 continues (TVNZ), 2009-12-13

Anti-smoking groups will meet in Wellington on Monday as part of their continuing campaign to make New Zealand smoke free by 2020.

The Smokefree Coalition is holding the seminar to encourage submissions to parliamentary inquiry into smoking to be held next year.

The Maori affairs select committee is inquiry into the tobacco industry and the consequences of tobacco use for Maori with written submissions due by January 29 and public hearings beginning in February.

The coalition's director, Prudence Stone, was confident the MPs would back their calls to end smoking in New Zealand. ...

Opinion divided over smoke-free footpaths around hospital
Otago Daily Times (nz), 2009-12-05

The idea of smoke-free footpaths around Dunedin Hospital provoked two schools of thought yesterday.

People spoken to by the Otago Daily Times outside the hospital either supported the proposal, even if they smoked, or thought, as adults had the right to choose to smoke, a dedicated area should be provided for them.

A report from Otago District Health Board Brian Rousseau at a board meeting on Thursday advised that the possibility of designating smoke-free footpaths surrounding the hospital had been raised with the Dunedin City Council.

The council was still preparing its response to the health board's inquiry and was looking at how other local authorities addressed the issue. ...

University's smoke-free plan first in country
New Zealand Herald - Kara Segedin - November 19, 2009

From January 1, smoking will be banned on all Auckland University campuses and outdoor spaces, including places previously designated as ...

Pub ban stubs out smoking at home
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2009-11-15
LEIGH VAN DER STOEP - Sunday Star Times

A ban on smoking in bars and pubs has prompted many New Zealanders to stop smoking at home, Ministry of Health research shows.
Next month will mark six years since the passing of smoke-free legislation that bans smoking in indoor work environments such as clubs, casinos, bars and restaurants. It came into force one year later, in December 2004.

A ministry expert on tobacco, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, says one of the positive spin-offs of the law has been that the number of smoke-free homes has dramatically increased. He attributes the trend to a change in attitude - "People started thinking, `I can't smoke in the pub so I won't smoke in my home'."

A report evaluating the law's effectiveness and impact across various sectors shows exposure to second-hand smoke in the home decreased from 20% in 2003 to 9% in 2006. And the cultural shift, which has seen smoking become less socially acceptable, has seen smoking rates fall year on year.

The research, he says, also shows "the overall economic impact [of the legislation] was not a negative one".

But Josh White of the Hospitality Association of New Zealand says there is no doubt the law has had a negative impact on licensed premises. "Everyone that's tried to survive has had to put a smoking area in at their own cost." ...

2008 New Zealand Tobacco Use Survey: Quitting Results (PDF)
New Zealand Ministry of Health, 2009-11-06

This report presents the quitting results of 15–64-year-olds from the 2008 New Zealand Tobacco Use Survey (NZTUS), including, where possible, comparisons with the 2006 NZTUS.

Quitting attempts
In 2008 an estimated19,600 New Zealanders had quit smoking in the previous 6–12 months.

Three out of five current smokers had tried to quit smoking in the past five years, a third of smokers had quit for at least 24 hours in the past 12 months and a fifth had successfully quit for a week before starting to smoke again.

Four out of five current smokers said that they would not smoke if they had their life over again.

Three-quarters of smokers who had tried to quit in the past 12 months said one of the reasons was for their own health, while a third had tried to quit because of the cost of smoking. ...

Smokefree Cars in New Zealand: Rapid Research Among Stakeholders on Attitudes and Future Directions.
Tapp, D.; Thomson, G.
New Zealand Medical Journal. September 25, 2009, 122(1303): 54-66.

AIM: To conduct a rapid appraisal of the attitudes of New Zealand decision makers and tobacco control stakeholders on enacting a smokefree cars law. METHODS: A media and document search was made for relevant official and other statements. In early 2008, nine semi-structured interviews were carried out involving three MPs, two officials of government health agencies and four members of NGOs with a stake in tobacco control. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, and analysed for themes. RESULTS: In official statements, and amongst the interview sample, there was general opposition to giving smokefree car legislation a current high priority. Reasons given for opposition to such a law included the suboptimal use of advocacy capital compared with other initiatives (e.g. tobacco display bans), the perceived success of relevant health marketing campaigns, and concerns over the current political will to enact legislation that targets smoker freedoms ...

Smokefree Outdoor Areas Without the Smoke-police: The New Zealand Local Authority Experience.
Hyslop, B.; Thomson, G.
New Zealand Medical Journal. September 25, 2009, 122(1303): 67-79.

AIM: To investigate (i) the extent, nature and effectiveness of smokefree outdoor area (SFOA) policies in New Zealand, (ii) incentives and motivations for, and barriers to creating these SFOA. METHODS: Literature and media searches were conducted for relevant material to February 2009. Nine in-depth interviews were conducted in October 2008, with key informants from local government, health and related research areas. RESULTS: Twenty-three of 73 local authorities have 'educative' ...

Support by New Zealand Smokers for New Types of Smokefree Areas: National Survey Data.
Wilson, N.; Blakely, T.; Edwards, R.; Weerasekera, D.; Thomson, G.
New Zealand Medical Journal. September 25, 2009, 122(1303): 80-89.

AIMS: To describe smoker support for new smokefree laws covering cars and outdoor settings, in a national sample of New Zealand (NZ) smokers. METHODS: The NZ arm of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey (ITC Project) uses as its sampling frame the NZ Health Survey ...

Holiday beaches declared smokefree - Tom Fitzsimons - October 30, 2009

They have already been driven out of bars and off sports fields – now smokers are set for a fight on the beaches.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has made 30 of its prime coastal spots smokefree, including holiday destinations Waihi Beach, Maketu and Athenree.

But other councils say they have no plans to emulate the beachfront restriction, which cannot be enforced.

Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor Ross Paterson said he did not expect any problems from the move. "Nobody wants to take their kids to the beach to play in an ashtray."

The policy, which will also include the towns of Katikati and Te Puke, was not technically a ban, he said. "But it is a strong affirmation by this council to support a smokefree environment."

More than 20 local bodies have adopted outdoor smokefree policies, but Western Bay is only the third to include beaches. The other two are Gisborne and Opotiki.

Wellington city councillor Celia Wade-Brown, an ex-smoker who holds the council's environment portfolio, said the move was evidence that smoking was becoming more unacceptable. "I think it should be sending a message to smokers that they need to be more considerate." ...

Wellington woman launches petition to ban smoking in CBD
3 News NZ - October 15, 2009

It's lunchtime and all over the Wellington CBD, smokers spill out of their offices for that long awaited puff.

And that's a problem for another office worker and non smoker Charlie Dickson.

She'd like to be able to stroll down Lambton Quay without having to dodge smoke.

After reading letters to the editor in the local paper, Charlie realised she wasn't alone and is now spearheading an e-petition on the council's website. She wants an outdoor smoking ban from Lambton Quay through to Courtney Place, Wellington's entire golden mile and that's got smokers worried. ...

Smokers support ban in cars carrying young children
Radio New Zealand - August 6, 2009

A study suggests strong support from smokers for a ban on lighting up in cars carrying pre-school children.

The University of Otago study of more than than 1,300 adult smokers found 96% favoured a smoking ban in cars carrying young children.

Lead author Dr George Thompson says support for the ban was consistent across all ethnicities and income-levels.

He says with Parliament currently looking at legislationon the use of cellphones in cars, it's a good opportunity to also consider banning smoking while behind the wheel. ...

Council adopts smokefree policy (press release) - June 25, 2009

The Christchurch City Council, with support from Smokefree Canterbury, today approved a policy that will make all parks and reserves (including playgrounds ...

Summit to further Maori smokefree vision (press release) - May 28, 2009

Summit to further Maori smokefree vision

Leading Maori public health professionals will converge on Wellington today to attend a Maori Tobacco Intelligence Summit, being held at Te Papa. The expressed intentions of the Summit are to reinvigorate the movement towards achieving smokefree Maori communities and to redefine and support a worldview that challenges tobacco use.

“Tobacco use among Maori is at epidemic proportions causing unnecessary illnesses and 600-800 deaths in Maori communities each year,” said Shane Bradbrook, Director of Maori smokefree group Te Reo Marama. ...

Beneficial Impacts of a National Smokefree Environments Law on an Indigenous Population: A Multifaceted Evaluation
Edwards, R.; Gifford, H.; Waa, A.; Glover, M.; Thomson, G.; Wilson, N.
International Journal for Equity in Health, 8(1): 12, April 30, 2009.

The New Zealand Smokefree Environments Amendment Act had a range of positive effects, including reducing SHS exposure among Maori communities. If the experience is replicated in other countries with indigenous populations, it suggests that comprehensive smokefree environments legislation will have beneficial effects on the health of indigenous groups and could contribute to reducing inequalities in health within societies.

Manukau parks now smokefree
Auckland - March 19, 2009

Public parks in Manukau are now smokefree.

Manukau City Council launched its smokefree policy at the ASB Polyfest on Wednesday.

The policy was adopted in September last year and targets park areas where children and young people gather, such as playgrounds and sports fields.

There will be signs in these areas to make it clear to people that they are smokefree.

The council says the policy is a moral ban without enforcement.

Compliance will be sought through education rather than by legal means.

Smokefree - no butts about it
New Zealand Herald - March 3, 2009

By Alanah May Eriksen Opotiki residents are either smoking less or taking their cigarettes in private, a recent clean-up of public parks suggests. ...

Botany Town Centre Clears the Air with New Smoke-Free Policy
Voxy - March 2, 2009

Botany Town Centre is seeing through a New Year’s resolution many Kiwis can identify with – it has gone Smoke-free. A healthier environment will be provided ...

Parks, fields are set to become smoke-free
Manawatu Standard, New Zealand - February 2, 2009

Wanna smoke? Smokers might be hard pressed to find somewhere outside to light up soon.

It started with no smoking in bars - now parks, beaches, sports fields and town centres might become smoke-free.

But Manawatu region is divided on how far to take smoking bans.

Manawatu District Council is about to put up no-smoking signs in Feilding and its parks; Horowhenua district will be talking about what to do on Wednesday. Palmerston North city isn't entering the debate - it's sticking with freedom of choice over smoking outside.

Push for smokefree parks
Nelson Mail, New Zealand - January 27, 2009

Moves are under way to make Nelson city's parks and playgrounds smokefree, in a bid by health officials to discourage cigarette smoking among future generations.

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is seeking the Nelson City Council's support for its efforts to deter smoking in parks, after gaining support from Tasman district councillors late last year.

The Smokefree coordinator at Marlborough's Wairau Hospital, Brenda Chilvers, and board health promoter Miraka Norgate plan to make a presentation at Thursday's community services committee meeting.

Playground smoke ban wins big vote of support
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand - January 15, 2009

This is for a smokefree future generation. Even smokers don't
want their kids to smoke. Toi Te Ora regional manager Graeme Savage

Smoking in Rotorua's public playgrounds and popular Redwoods forest has been banned and a survey shows 85 per cent of residents are happy about it - even though a third of those surveyed were smokers.

A public health service hopes the results will make for a smokefree New Zealand, prompting other councils to make their public places smokefree.

Hotel prosecuted over smoking by patrons
Radio New Zealand, New Zealand - December 16, 2008

But he says that in the four years since the Smokefree Environments Act was introduced, there have been fewer than 10 prosecutions.

Smokers show support for ban (TVNZ), 2008-11-07

New research out on Friday shows strong support from smokers for a ban on lighting up in cars carrying small children.

Ninety-six percent of smokers support a ban on smoking in vehicles.
The study, undertaken by representatives from Otago University's Wellington campus, has prompted researchers to urge a re-think by politicians about introducing a law on the issue.

Lead author George Thomson says politicians and officials had in the past been hesitant about proposing such a ban, assuming public opinion would be divided.

"Smokers have been considered particularly likely to be opposed to a smokefree car law," Thomson says.

But he says such bans already existed in Australian states, Canadian provinces and states in the United States, and the latest study - involving nearly 1400 people - indicates high public support in New Zealand.

Rethink on smoking-in-cars law urged
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2008-11-07

Smoking in a car containing young children is unlikely to be banned despite a study showing 96 per cent of smokers support such a move. The Otago University study of more than 1400 people has prompted researchers to urge a rethink by politicians on introducing a law on the issue.

However, the Government says legislation is not on the cards, while National says it is has not discussed such a move.

Some Australian states have introduced a ban, enforced by police, on smoking in a car with a young child present. It is also law in some parts of Canada and the United States.

The lead author of the Otago study, George Thomson, said politicians and officials had in the past been hesitant about proposing such a ban, assuming public opinion would be divided.

Legislation reduces exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke in New Zealand bars by about 90%
Tobacco Control 16(4): 235-238, August 2007

This study concluded that, "Comprehensive smoke-free legislation in New Zealand seems to have reduced exposure of bar patrons to SHS by about 90%. Residual exposures to SHS in bars do not result from illicit smoking indoors."

Bar takings unchanged year after smokefree law
Independent Newspapers Ltd. / STUFF (nz), 2005-12-08

A ban on smoking in bars was put into law there has been no downturn in patronage or takings, according to a report released today.

The report's authors say contrary to warnings from opponents that the law would have serious economic effects on the hospitality industry this had not happened.

The Smokefree Environments Amendment Act, which came into force on December 10 last year, prohibits anyone smoking inside workplaces in New Zealand, including bars, restaurants, clubs and casinos.

The report by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation considered a number of indicators after the ban was introduced, including smoking behaviour, public opinion, economic data, and compliance levels.

Smokefree support skyrockets

Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor welcomes the results of a new survey showing overwhelming public support for new smokefree laws.


Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor today welcomed the results of a new survey showing overwhelming public support for new smokefree laws.

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation commissioned the UMR Research survey. It showed 70 per cent of people support the smoking ban in pubs and bars, which came into effect in December last year.

The survey revealed 42 per cent of smokers now support the ban, compared with 22 per cent in the previous survey conducted in November. Support from non-smokers increased to 75 per cent, up from 66 percent.

Mr O'Connor said he was pleased, but not overly surprised, by the results.

"From what I've observed and from the feedback I've received, the ban has been very widely accepted. People have been very supportive and all in all there's been very few problems with its implementation."

He said it was great that even smokers were appreciating the benefits of smokefree bars and pubs.

"The new law is about protecting all New Zealanders - smokers and non-smokers alike - from the effects of second hand smoke. It's the leading cause of preventable death in New Zealand, and at the end of the day it's difficult to argue that the ban is a negative step."

No one had lost their right to smoke; the ban simply meant reduced harm to others, he said.

Nationwide, only 195 complaints have been received since the smoking ban came into effect; 94 from licensed premises, 50 from workplaces, 29 from retail outlets and 22 from others (such as work vehicles and schools).

Of these, 115 have been resolved and smokefree officers are working with the remaining establishments to ensure compliance.

Where there have been blatant and repeated breaches of the ban, appropriate action has been taken.


Tobacco Control Update
Issue 10, February 9, 2005
Leigh Sturgiss
Director, Smokefree Coalition

Just two months have passed since the introduction of smokefree bars and restaurants, and many people are wondering what all the fuss was about. Far from being the end of the world as we know it, the new law has been widely accepted by smokers who seem quite happy to pop outside for a cigarette. Compliance is high, with far fewer complaints than expected.

In the two weeks following the introduction of the smokefree law only 80 complaints were received by the Ministry of Health, and this has now dropped to five to 10 complaints, or less, a week. On average fifty percent of these complaints are from licensed premises, and fifty percent from other workplaces. This low rate of complaints is amazing when you consider that there are over 14,000 liquor licenses in New Zealand. The majority of calls to the Ministry of Health’s freephone information line - 0508 Smokefree or 0508 766 533 - have been from members of the public seeking general information, followed by employers who have queries about the legislation.

Meanwhile non-smokers are breathing easy for the first time in years. A visit to the local bar is no longer synonymous with inhaling lungs-full of other people’s smoke. Smoke that contains hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, acetone, ammonia and arsenic.

The 12 month lead-in period to the ban on smoking in workplaces seems to have worked in its favour. All indoor workplaces, including bars and restaurants, had time to get used to the idea and to prepare for being smokefree. The advertising that started in November left people in no doubt that December 10 was D-day for smoky venues all over the country. Many venues held ‘up in smoke’ or ‘last gasp’ evenings on December 9 to mark the passing of smoky bars, serving such delicacies as smoked muscles, smoked chicken and aged Scottish whiskies ‘with burnt-peat notes’.

December 10 also became a popular quit date for smokers and quit smoking help services such as the Quitline found themselves inundated with calls. Anecdotal reports indicate that many of those who have continued to smoke after December 10 have cut down - particularly those for whom a smoke and a drink went hand-in-hand. People smoke a lot less if they have to go outside to do it.

This is certainly borne out in Ireland, which banned smoking in bars in March 2004, and saw cigarette sales plummet by nearly 18 percent. Irish lungs, as well as Irish eyes, are smiling. Six months after the smokefree workplaces legislation was introduced in Ireland, over 94 percent of premises inspected complied with the law.

The change in attitudes to the New Zealand smokefree workplaces legislation over the past 12 months has been noticeable. Initially, most of the comment reported in the media was negative. But as the months went by, this changed - helped no doubt by the positive reports from Ireland. By October 2004, comments reported in the media were around 80 percent positive. In fact, some publicans chose to go smokefree early, or to have smokefree nights once or twice a week. These nights were successful, and it became clear that smokefree bars would not be a negative and could even be a positive. After all, 75 percent of New Zealanders don’t smoke - that’s a huge, untapped market. And as non-smokers are generally from higher income brackets, they have more money to spend.

So as we look back at the past eight weeks, it becomes clear that smokefree bars and restaurants have really been no big deal. Smokers are going outside, bars and restaurants are busy, non-smokers can breathe easy. In a few years time we’ll have a generation of young people who won’t even remember when you could smoke inside a bar. And the rest of us will wonder why we waited so long.

Hospitality Association, we don’t like to say ‘I told you so’, but…

Smoke-free law working well
Scoop (nz), January 26, 2005

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service's smoke-free officers say the hospitality industry and Auckland public have embraced the changes to the Smoke-free Environments Act, which banned smoking inside all bars, restaurants and workplaces from 10 December 2004.

Dr Wilson Young, a medical officer of health for the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS), said that many hospitality staff have commented about the positive difference the change in law has made to their work environment.