Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Growing support for smoking ban

Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister of Corrections,
Minister of Tourism,
Minister for Rural Affairs,
Associate Minister of Health

1 October, 2006
Media Statement
Growing support for smoking ban

More New Zealanders than ever support the ban on smoking in pubs, bars and nightclubs, according to a survey for the Ministry of Health.

Figures from the study "Reducing exposure to second hand smoke" show that 82 per cent of respondents approve of the total smoking ban – up from 74 per cent in 2005 and 61 per cent in 2004.

The number of smokers who approve of the ban has increased significantly - from 29 per cent in 2004 to 64 per cent in 2006.

Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor welcomed the growing support for the smoking ban. "These results are very encouraging and demonstrate the role of legislation in both responding to and helping shape public opinion,'' he said today. "It is particularly pleasing to see such a huge jump in the number of smokers who approve of the ban."

When respondents were asked about smoking bans in restaurants the results were similar. In 2006 nearly 90 per cent of respondents supported smoking bans in restaurants, including 75 percent of smokers.

Second-hand smoke, which contains poisonous chemicals such as arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and carbon monoxide, is estimated to cause between 174 and 490 deaths a year in New Zealand.

The Smoke-free Legislation introduced in December 2004 aimed to reduce New Zealanders' exposure to second hand smoke.

Since 2004 the number of people reporting exposure to second-hand smoke in the workplace has declined. In 2004 about 21 per cent of those surveyed reported they were exposed to second-hand smoke in the workplace. By 2006 that number was down to 8 per cent.

"Our goal is to see this number drop even further to ensure no one is exposed to second-hand smoke in their work environment,'' Mr O'Connor said.

The full results of the survey are available at www.moh.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election