Smokefree and Vapefree Policy
Submissions now closed
Waipā District Council has prepared a new policy aimed at contributing to the aim of a smokefree New Zealand by promoting a smokefree Waipā. We would now like your feedback on this proposal.
The Smokefree and Vapefree Policy is about declaring Council-owned public places to smokefree and vapefree and de-normalising smoking and vaping behaviour.
The Smokefree 2025 goal for New Zealand was adopted by the government in 2011. Most local authorities have adopted smokefree policies, but Council is one of only three North Island authorities not to have a Smokefree Policy.
Council was approached in 2019 by the Waikato District Health Board and the Bay of Plenty Cancer Society with regard to developing a Smokefree Policy to improve the health and well-being of Waipā communities.
In early 2020 Council ran a Facebook poll asking if public places in Waipā should be smokefree. Over 70% of respondents said “yes”, and we have responded to the concerns raised by others to improve the policy.
Purpose of the Policy
The Smokefree and Vapefree Policy’s main purposes are to:
- declare Council-owned public places to be smokefree and vapefree
- reduce the incidence of smoking and vaping in public places
- de-normalise smoking and vaping behaviour in public places.
The draft Smokefree and Vapefree Policy, statement of proposal and submission form are all available below.
- Post it: FREEPOST 167662 (no stamp necessary)
- Email it: email@example.com. Put Smokefree Policy Submission in the subject line.
- Fax it: (07) 872 0033
- Deliver it to us at one of the Council Offices in 101 Bank Street Te Awamutu or 23 Wilson Street, Cambridge.
Waipa District Council
Private Bag 2402
TE AWAMUTU 3840
Submissions must be received by 5pm on 4 June 2021