Smoking at Christchurch beaches, outdoor dining could be stubbed out

Sumner Beach. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

Options for extending the city’s smokefree policy are being investigated, which could include outdoor dining areas and beaches.

City council head of strategic policy Helen Beaumont said initiatives in Auckland and Wellington were being evaluated to see what worked.

“The effectiveness of smokefree beaches policies will be included as part of this,” she said.

It comes after Auckland Council announced on Tuesday smoking at all public beaches, al fresco dining areas and urban centres would be stubbed out from next month.

Ms Beaumont said the city council has had a smokefree parks policy since 2009.

“Initially the policy made all council parks, reserves, gardens, sports parks and playgrounds smokefree but this has been extended to now include council bus shelters, and exits and entrances of council buildings and facilities.”

She said the city council worked with the Canterbury District Health Board and the Cancer Society to promote smokefree environments.

It is part of a plan to have the city smokefree by 2025.

Over summer, a voluntary trial of smokefree outdoor dining areas was done.

“Twenty restaurants, bars and cafes signed up for the trial and the results indicate strong interest from business owners and customers which could see businesses making this a permanent feature,” Ms Beaumont said.

 

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