Spread­ing smokefree among young play­ers

Wairarapa News - - WHAT’S ON - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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