Moves to raise a next generation free of cigarette smoke have kicked up a gear in Lower Hutt with even more of our public spaces now covered by an extended smokefree policy.

Hutt City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday in favour of extending their Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy to cover Lower Hutt CBD and all suburban centres and bus stops.

Vaping and the use of e-cigarettes have also been included, to further encourage our people not to vape in smokefree areas and at smokefree events.

Healthy Families Lower Hutt Manager Hayley Buchan welcomed the strong support from around the Council table for the updated policy.

“A key aim of Healthy Families Lower Hutt is to make smoking less normal by making it less visible for our tamariki and rangatahi, because we know that children are much more likely to do what they see.

“Smokefree public places make it easier for smokers to quit and stay smokefree, so by extending its current policy to even more places where our children walk and play every day, Council is helping us move a step closer towards achieving that goal of a smokefree next generation.”

Buchan said a further improvement is Te Reo Māori being incorporated in all future smokefree signage and messaging.

She said the updates to the policy now made it one of the most comprehensive in New Zealand.

Areas covered by Hutt City Council’s Outdoor Public Places Policy now include:

  • Parks and sports grounds including skate parks
  • Bus shelters, bus stops and train stations
  • Beaches
  • Outdoor public areas around Council buildings and facilities
  • Smokefree Council run and funded events
  • Outdoor pavement dining areas
  • Suburban centres and the CBD.

Imagine if Lower Hutt was completely smokefree, where our children don’t see smoking and we aren’t exposed to second-hand smoke.