Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) has just launched requirements in a bylaw that will make outdoor dining areas throughout the city smokefree.
MidCentral Public Health Services health promoter, and chair of the Tobacco Free Central coalition, Julie Beckett believes this move will make outdoor dining a much more pleasant and healthy experience for everyone.
She said: “Congratulations to PNCC for being the first council in New Zealand to discourage smoking in public places through a bylaw. The council have really listened to what their communities wanted and acted.
“This is excellent timing with World Smokefree Day coming up tomorrow. PNCC has always put the health and wellbeing of their communities first. In 1989 they introduced the Clean Indoor Air bylaw, even before any legislation was in place, and now they are the only council in New Zealand to have this type of smokefree bylaw.”
Professor Paul McDonald, Pro Vice–Chancellor, College of Health, Massey University said: “Smokefree spaces can do more than protect non-smokers from second hand smoke, they are also as effective as stop smoking medications and actually increase the effectiveness of a range of quit aids”.
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