NZDF’s smokefree target
The New Zealand Defence Force wants a smokefree military by 2020.
To achieve the goal, the military plans to ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco at army bases, or camps, and make military housing smokefree.
The Defence Force will be the first armed force in the world to go smokefree. The move was announced at an event at Parliament with smoke free charity ASH.
Commander Karen Ward said it was a benchmark for other armed forces.
‘‘By undertaking a conscious drive to create a smokefree force, the NZDF will also be setting a bench- mark for other defence forces by becoming the first military to become smokefree.’’
Emeritus Professor and ASH chair Robert Beaglehole said he hoped the move would be an example to other government agencies aiming for the 2025 target for a smokefree New Zealand.
‘‘This is a huge milestone, the New Zealand Defence Force is one of the largest employers in New Zealand with over 14,000 personnel, and the biggest government department to go smokefree.’’
But there was still no definitive plan for achieving the 2025 goal and ASH was calling for a ‘‘strong, evidence based roadmap to get us to Smokefree 2025’’, he said.
The New Zealand Defence Force has more than 14,000 staff.