News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Celebrate being smokefree in Northland

Media Release

Date: 29 May 2018

From: Bridget Rowse, Smokefree Advisor

Subject: World Smokefree May

________________________________________

Celebrate being smokefree in Northland 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 Rowse from Northland District Health Board.

“More and more New Zealanders are becoming smokefree or not taking up smoking at all. The most recent tobacco-use figures show 84 percent [Health Promotion Agency 2017. NZ Health and Lifestyle Survey 2016] of New Zealanders do not smoke, which is 4 percent more than in 2008. Importantly, fewer young people are starting to smoke with 96 percent of 15 to 17 year olds staying smokefree, which is a marked increase from 84 percent a decade ago [Ministry of Health, The New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17].”

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 outdoor areas – to be smokefree, and helping employees access stop smoking support. Northland’s local authorities are also showing strong leadership by declaring council-owned parks, playgrounds and sports grounds 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,” Bridget said.

“Here in Northland there are so many smokefree success stories I’d love to celebrate. I congratulate those cafes that participated in the Fresh Air Project Whangarei that now offer customers 100 percent smokefree outdoor dining.”

“Northland 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,” Bridget 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.

ENDS

Notes to reporter:

• 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.

• Toki Rau Stop Smoking Services Northland 0508 TOKI RAU (0508 8654 728)

www.tokirau.co.nz

https://www.facebook.com/SmokefreeTaiTokerau/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Kiingi Tuheitia: The Passing Of The Hon Koro Wetere

Hearing of Mr Wētere’s passing, King Tuheitia expressed his sorrow, sending his condolences to Mr Wētere’s whanau and to the people of Ngāti Maniapoto for their loss. More>>

ALSO:


Howard Davis: The Glory That Was Greece, And The Grandeur That Was Rome (Part I)

Having recently returned from a six-week sabbatical in Greece and Italy, here are eight random, but interrelated reflections on Classical and Renaissance art and literature, and the inspiration behind all that glorious grandeur. Part 2 to follow next week. More>>

Jazz Festival Review: Christian McBride’s New Jawn

As he explained, a ‘jawn’ is simply slang from his hometown of Philadelphia for ‘thing’ or ‘project’, as in “Christian McBride has got a ‘New Jawn’ going on.” He sure does, and it is hot. More>>

ALSO:

Matariki: Wellington Starts Celebrations With ReCut 5

ReCut 5 opens the calendar of Matariki ki Poneke events with this free event for the whole family to enjoy – and the estimated 15,000 out-of-towners expected to visit the capital for Saturday’s All Blacks versus France rugby test. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland