MIL OSI – Source: Whangarei District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Whangarei air to get fresher
10/01/2018 8:09 a.m.
At least 11 of Whangarei’s city centre and Quayside cafes will be making their outdoor spaces smokefree this summer as part of a smokefree outdoor dining pilot.
Bridget Rowse from the Northland District Health Board says this smokefree outdoor dining pilot will allow the public to experience the benefits of smokefree outdoor dining.
“Food tastes better, and being outside is nicer, when you don’t have smoke around you,” says Mrs Rowse. “Second hand smoke isn’t just unpleasant, it poses a real health risk which customers and cafe staff shouldn’t have to be exposed to.”
“The vast majority of the public, around eighty-five per cent, don’t smoke, and our research shows that they want to be able to enjoy outdoor dining without the smoke.”
Mrs Rowse says the benefits of smokefree outdoor dining don’t just extend to customers and staff.
“When cafes and restaurants went smokefree indoors in 2004 sales increased and we’re confident that the same thing will happen this time. We believe the fresh air will attract more families, and improve the overall dining experience.”
“As for smokers, we know that the more smokefree environments there are, the easier it is to stop smoking. Most smokers want to quit and being in a smokefree environment reduces the triggers of those trying to do so.”
Mayor Sheryl Mai says the pilot is a significant step towards the national goal of a smokefree New Zealand by 2025.
“It would be great if our next generation didn’t smoke and this pilot takes us closer to that reality. Children copy what they see, so the less we expose our children to smoking, the less likely they will be to take up the habit,” says Mayor Mai.
Jim Callaghan from Cancer Society Northland congratulated the cafes for getting involved and supporting a smokefree future.
“We were initially concerned that cafes might be reluctant to get on board, but the opposite was true. The cafe owners we spoke to really ‘got it’. They could see the benefits that being involved would provide to both their customers and their bottom line,” says Mr Callaghan.
The Fresh Air Smokefree outdoor dining pilot is based on a similar successful pilot run in Christchurch in 2017. The Whangarei pilot will run for three months, commencing in January 2018. It will be evaluated by the Cancer Society and Northland District Health Board.
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