Supporting Compliance with Legislation
The purposes of the Smokefree Environments Act 1990 (the Act) are to:
- reduce the exposure of people to second hand smoke and
- regulate the marketing, advertising, and promotion of tobacco so that people are discouraged from using tobacco products, encouraged to stop smoking, and helped to stay smokefree.
Role of the Smoke-free Enforcement Officers
Designated staff at Public Health South work on behalf of the Ministry of Health to ensure the legislation is followed. Smokefree Enforcement Officers visit tobacco retailers, workplaces and licensed premises to remind them of their legal responsibilities and support them to be compliant under the Act. They are available for any enquiries regarding the laws around smokefree laws.
Complaints and Enquiries
If you are concerned about any of the following, please get in touch with us:
- selling tobacco products to people under the age of 18 (including online)
- displaying or advertising tobacco products (including online)
- selling single cigarettes or less than 30g of loose tobacco (including online)
- smoking inside workplaces (including work vehicles) or
- smoking inside licensed premises.