Smoke­free plan for pub­lic parks

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Those want­ing to light up in Al­bert-Eden’s parks will need to think again.

The Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board’s smoke­free pol­icy for pub­lic parks, re­serves, sports fields and play­grounds came into force on Jan­uary 1.

There is no bylaw ban­ning smok­ing and the pol­icy re­lies on the pub­lic com­ply­ing vol­un­tar­ily.

‘‘Com­pli­ance and sup­port will come through rais­ing aware­ness of the changes, gen­eral so­cial pres­sure and peo­ple’s de­sire to do the right thing, we be­lieve,’’ the board deputy chair­woman Margi Wat­son says.

‘‘We are do­ing this to make pos­i­tive change for the com­mu­nity at large, not make crim­i­nals out of peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who smoke,’’ she says.

Smoke­free signs were in­stalled in some of the area’s big­ger parks be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

The board is still in the process of in­stalling no­tices in smaller parks.

Auck­land’s re­gional parks have been smoke­free since 2010.

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