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Smokefree Places and Spaces

Embedding Smokefree in the Workplace

To help New Zealand reach the smokefree 2025 goal, support and leadership is required from workplaces. We are asking that organisations review current policy and practice and develop a staged process to contribute to achieving a smokefree New Zealand by 2025.

There are many ways that we can work together to create supportive smokefree environments and these are detailed below.  The Smokefree team can assist with:

  • writing smokefree policies (and including action related to this in performance appraisals)
  • providing smokefree logos and by-line snippets for newsletters,  payslips and orientation packs
  • providing a wide range of free smokefree posters and pamphlets for workplaces to access and use at events and in staff packs
  • educating smokefree champions in the workplace
  • helping workplaces access free smokefree signage

Employers are obligated to provide healthy environments for their staff and clients. By working to progress smokefree workplaces will be contributing to the 2025 goal and at the same time promoting a healthy and safe environment for all. 

Here's more information on how to progress smokefree in the workplace.

Smokefree Public Spaces

There are many things we can do help achieve the Government goal to make New Zealand Smokefree by 2025. One of these is to make more public spaces smokefree. Some of these public places include:

  • Central Business Districts 
  • Civic Spaces/Council Buildings 
  • Playgrounds & skate parks
  • Green Spaces (public gardens, parks, sports grounds, reserves/domains, cemeteries)
  • Sports grounds 
  • Transport hubs 
  • Beaches/Rivers/Lakes 

It is important to increase the number of smokefree public spaces as it protects our children as well as supporting those who are on their journey to stop smoking.

In Otago and Southland, our councils have implemented smokefree spaces. See the map linked below to see which smokefree outdoor policies and spaces have been implemented by councils. 

Maps of NZ Councils' Smokefree Outdoor Policies and Spaces | Smokefree