Celebrating Lower Hutt’s smokefree achievements
World Smokefree Day is 31 May and this year’s theme is 'it's about whānau' with a focus on celebrating New Zealand's smokefree achievements.
Lower Hutt has a lot to celebrate with community leaders, businesses, workplaces, health organisations and Hutt City Council all working together to create more smokefree places across our city.
Hutt City Council’s Smokefree Outdoor Public Places policy is extensive and covers playgrounds, outdoor public swimming pools, parks and sportsgrounds, bus shelters, train stations, beaches, outside Council buildings and facilities, Council run and sponsored events, and outdoor pavement dining and designated town centres. Healthy Families Lower Hutt leads the smokefree movement for Hutt City Council, including implementation of the policy.
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace features in one of the World Smokefree Day videos saying: “Council is taking a positive role in the community’s health and wellbeing. This policy is about the new generation growing up totally smokefree.”
“While Council’s policy is already making a difference, there are still many places where we spend our time that could become voluntarily smokefree. Becoming increasingly smokefree takes leadership and commitment from across our whole community.”
Queensgate Shopping Centre have joined with Hutt City Council to celebrate World Smokefree Day and recognise that a 100% smokefree environment will improve the Queensgate experience for customers and retailers.
Regional Centre Manager Jan Plummer said: “While Queensgate has been a smokefree site for some time, we have been working closely with Hutt City Council in the lead up to World Smokefree Day to ensure that our customers and the general public are aware that Queensgate’s smokefree policy extends to areas such as our carparks. Due to the size of our site we do rely on the goodwill of customers in self-enforcing this policy.”
As well as Queensgate Shopping Centre, many organisations across Lower Hutt, including Hutt Valley District Health Board, medical practices, cafés and restaurants, retailers like The Warehouse and Stokes Valley New World, as well as community groups, are voluntarily making all their spaces 100% smokefree.
Smokefree places are important because we know that children ‘do as they see’ and we want to make smoking less normal by making it less visible for our children. They also make it easier for smokers to quit and stay smokefree.
Support is available to those who want to quit through the Regional Stop Smoking Service Tākiri Mai Te Ata on 0800 926 257 or Quitline on 0800 778 778.