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Celebrate being smokefree in Invercargill this Smokefree day

Celebrate being smokefree in Invercargill this World Smokefree Day, May 31

New Zealand is moving closer to being smokefree and this World Smokefree Day is the perfect time

to celebrate our smokefree environments, places and whānau, said Bridget Rodgers from WellSouth Primary Health Organisation in Invercargill.

“More and more New Zealanders are becoming smokefree or not taking up smoking at all. The most

recent tobacco-use figures show 84% of New Zealanders do not smoke, which is 4% more than in 2008. Importantly, fewer young people are starting to smoke with 96% of 15 to 17 year olds staying smokefree, which is a marked increase from 84% a decade ago.”

The number of totally smokefree workplaces is also increasing. More and more businesses are going over and above the legal requirements and declaring all workspaces – including work vehicles and outdoor areas – to be smokefree, and helping employee’s access stop smoking support. Local authorities are also showing strong leadership by declaring public places, spaces and events to be smokefree.

“All this action is creating a New Zealand where being smokefree is normal, whether it’s in public, at work, or at home with whānau. All of us, especially young people, are influenced by those around us, so if we don’t see people smoking we are less likely to smoke ourselves,” Ms Rodgers said.

“Here in Invercargill there are so many smokefree success stories I’d love to celebrate. I congratulate the Invercargill City Council and Youth Council on creating a smokefree Central Business District.”

“Invercargill is just one area of New Zealand but similar action is happening all around the country. Collectively it all moves the country closer to the Government’s goal of Smokefree Aotearoa 2025,” Ms Rodgers said.

“On May 31, World Smokefree Day, I encourage everyone to either celebrate being smokefree or encourage those who are not smokefree to embrace the smokefree lifestyle.

For more information contact Bridget Rodgers, WellSouth Primary Health organisation, 214 6436.

ENDS

Notes:

• For more information on World Smokefree Day, go to: www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz

• World Smokefree Day was created by the World Health Organization in 1987. In other countries it is known as World No Tobacco Day.


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