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