SMOKE­FREE FOOT­PATHS

The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION | CONVERSATIONS -

World Smoke­free Day (May 31) in Palmer­ston North was cel­e­brated with the launch of the PNCC Signs and Use of Pub­lic Places by­law smoke­free con­di­tions for cafe´ outdoor din­ing ar­eas.

The smoke­free con­di­tions have be­come part of the Pub­lic Places by­law as a re­sult of ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity.

We shared our sto­ries of the harm that smok­ing has caused our fam­i­lies, the de­sire for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren to grow up smoke­free, the wish for hos­pi­tal­ity staff to have smoke­free con­di­tions to work in, the bur­den for health pro­fes­sion­als telling a fam­ily that lung can­cer or em­phy­sema is to be their new chal­lenge, the wish for smok­ers to fi­nally quit.

Whether we are part of lo­cal gov­ern­ment, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, work­places, sports clubs, schools, fam­i­lies; we all have a role to play in re­duc­ing the im­pact of tobacco on our coun­try. There is high pub­lic sup­port for Smoke­free outdoor din­ing ar­eas, from fam­i­lies, work­ers, smok­ers and non­smok­ers alike; recog­nis­ing that we need to de­nor­malise smok­ing and re­duce the risk of sec­ond­hand smoke.

Manawatu Can­cer So­ci­ety of­fers con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks to Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil and Coun­cil staff for your be­lief in and com­mit­ment to the health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity.

The launch of the PNCC Signs and Use of Pub­lic Places By­law smoke­free con­di­tions is a real milestone in the jour­ney to­wards our coun­try be­ing Smoke­freeisn’t this worth work­ing to­wards for the fu­ture of the next gen­er­a­tion!

Kerry Hoc­quard Com­mu­nity Health Ad­vo­cate. Manawatu Can­cer So­ci­ety

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Smoke­free al­fresco din­ing is cel­e­brated by Damian Thorne of Thorne Cof­fee on Ge­orge St with Sally Dar­ragh and Kerry Hoc­quard.

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