NZDF’s smoke­free tar­get

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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.

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The New Zealand De­fence Force has more than 14,000 staff.

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