The Heart Foundation commends Palmerston North City Council on its new smokefree rules for outdoor dining on Council footpaths.
Smoking is the largest preventable risk factor for heart disease, which is why the Heart Foundation is passionate about reducing smoking rates and preventing uptake. Exposure to second-hand smoke can increase a person’s risk of coronary heart disease, and even small exposures to tobacco smoke can trigger acute cardiac events.
Smokefree outdoor dining areas is a proven way to reduce the number of young people who start smoking. It also provides a supportive environment for those attempting to quit, and encourages others to quit. It also protects diners and hospitality workers from toxic levels of second hand smoke.
And while some businesses might be concerned about the impact of smokefree dining, research shows that such a policy poses no risk to their revenue and, in some cases, has even improved it. We hope this is strongly supported by the public. Well done again to Palmerston North City Council for taking a proactive approach to caring for the community.
Sally Darragh Heart Foundation