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Draft Smokefree Policy

Do you think the parks and bus shelters in our region should be smokefree? What about events held in Hawke's Bay - should smoking be banned?

Either way, we want your feedback on smoking in public places. Firstly read the policy which Napier City and Hastings District Councils have put together, then give us your feedback.

Download the Draft Smokefree Policy (pdf 583 KB)

7 comments

Have a read through the comments we have received so far, if you agree/disagree with some of them simply select the agree/disagree link to show your support.

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Smoking should be banned in all alfresco dining situations that the council have influence over. Recently my partner and I were dining outside at a Napier water front restaurant and had to move table because the neighboring table started smoking. Although there were no ashtrays provided the waitress stated it was not a smokefree area.
Peter - 02/08/2015 @ 2:27pm
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I support sports grounds, events, public buildings & arena's, childrens play grounds. On the grounds of we all have a right to be there and shouldn't have our health put at risk because of someone else's choices. Eg I play soccer to stay healthy, its hard to run and focus when someone on the sideline is smoking and making me wheezy. (There's actually smokefree grounds signs up at some parks, which are ignored.) Also walking out of shops into a cloud of smoke is not very nice. There isn't another door for me to use. There are a lot of other places smokers can go.
Olivia - 01/08/2015 @ 11:18am
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Yes
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Everywhere should be smoke free except in your own home. A man's home is his castle.
Matt - 31/07/2015 @ 10:48pm
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I support the policy for sports grounds. Sports coaches and aduldts who help with sports teams are the natural mentors within our community, and sadly some of them are smokers. Young people are influenced by what they see, and seeing their coaches and team helpers smoke sets a bad example for them.
David - 30/07/2015 @ 8:20am
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I fully endorse the recommendations identified in the Smokefree Policy; however, all Council-funded events (not just Council-run events) to be smokefree. All city centres/shopping centres/plazas and car parks adjoining these to be smokefree. All outdoor dining areas (in particularly outside coffee shops where tables and chairs are provided in public places should be smokefree. Council needs to ensure sufficient investment is made in education and awareness for all of the above.
Cathy - 10/07/2015 @ 1:27pm
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Yes
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I whole heartily agree. we need to make public spaces where people gather smoke free.
Margaret - 02/07/2015 @ 12:32pm
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I support the policy. A great idea. The more smokefree our region can be the better.
Monique - 30/06/2015 @ 4:35pm
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Comments Closed

Sorry but comments have closed for this Talk to Us. Thank you to everyone who provided their comments and votes.

Have your say

Give us your feedback by 5pm, Monday 3 August by commenting, or completing the submission form below. All feedback will be read and considered. Copies of the Policy are also available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Napier City Council reception, First Floor, 231 Hastings Street, Napier. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
  • Hastings District Council, Ground Floor, Lyndon Road, Hastings. Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
  • Hastings, Havelock North, Flaxmere, Napier and Taradale libraries

Download the Smokefree Submission Form (pdf 62 KB)

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board conducted a survey in 2013 to gauge people's thoughts on which areas should be smokefree. The survey findings found that the following areas should be smokefree:

Children’s playgrounds 96.9%
Near the entrance of public buildings 80.3%
Outdoor eating places at restaurants or cafes 79.8%
Near bus stops and train stations 76.3%
Parks and sports fields 73.9%
Outdoor music or sporting events 70.8%

Less support was shown for beaches (45.6%) and outdoor public places in pubs (53.3%)

Read the full survey by Hawke's Bay District Health Board (pdf 746 KB)

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