Spreading smokefree among young players
The message is clear: in Wairarapa smoking and sport do not mix.
Regional Public Health and the Cancer Society have teamed up in the sponsorship of smokefree hoodies for the Wairarapa Bush under 13 and under 12 teams. Wairarapa’s new smokefree ambassadors are wearing their hoodies with pride.
They are all honoured to represent their region in rugby while actively supporting the vision of smokefree 2025.
Positive role modelling helps encourage others to lead a smokefree lifestyle, actively promoting smokefree within their home, school and sporting communities.
The New Zealand youth smoking rate dropped from 14 per cent to 6 per cent in the past five years and we want to keep this trend going, regional public health said.
Smoking is not permitted at any play ground or sports ground in Wairarapa. ‘‘This is about bringing the message to everyone that uses these spaces to leave your tobacco at home and keep our side lines smokefree.’’
Help is available at Whaiora Stop Smoking Services – it is all free and is for anyone in the Wairarapa.
Call 0800 494 246 or call into their new premises at 394 Queen Street.