Wainuiomata proud to be smokefree
World Smokefree Day is 31 May, in Wainuiomata we’re doing Smokefree May. This is because we need more than just one day to celebrate the great progress being made towards a Smokefree Wainuiomata.
The theme for World Smokefree Day 2018 is 'it's about whānau' with a focus on celebrating New Zealand's smokefree achievements.
The majority of New Zealanders are smokefree and want smokefree environments. Having smokefree whānau, homes, workplaces and public spaces is worth celebrating!
Creating smokefree environments is high on the agenda for the Wainuiomata Community Board and Hutt City Council. Lower Hutt has one of the most extensive smokefree policies in New Zealand. The Smokefree Outdoor Public Places Policy aims to reduce the harm from second hand smoke and make smoking less visible, especially to our young people.
Gabriel Tupou, Deputy Chair of Wainuiomata Community Board says "A Smokefree Wainuiomata, particularly in our town centre is all about creating an enjoyable experience for our locals and our many visitors. The Wainuiomata Community Board is working alongside Healthy Families Lower Hutt, Hutt City Council, Takiri Mai Te Ata Regional Stop Smoking Service and Regional Public Health to implement Hutt City Council's Smokefree policy in our town centre and other council-owned and operated areas.”
“We acknowledge the many health and wellbeing centred programmes that are delivering on this kaupapa. It's all about working towards a better future for our whānau. Let's lead the way as Aotearoa New Zealand endeavours to become Smokefree by 2025."
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is in full support of this activity “I’m right behind Wainuiomata becoming increasingly smokefree as it supports our community’s health and wellbeing. Having the spaces where our young people spend their time, like our town centres be smokefree, is especially important as we want the new generation to grow up totally smokefree. My hope is in the not too distant future more town centres will become smokefree and that we’ll be working towards a smokefree city entirely.”
During Smokefree May we’ll be sharing the stories and experiences of Wainuiomata people that are taking action to support smokefree places and spaces.
Support is available to those would like to quit. You can contact the Regional Stop Smoking Service Tākiri Mai te Ata on 0800 926 257 or Quitline on 0800 778 778.