Curtailing public smoking in Kaipara
Dargaville & Districts
All Kaipara District Council sports grounds and parks will go smokefree in less than a month.
The council passed a resolution last November to extend its smokefree policy from September 30.
This follows a trend in Northland that was spearheaded by Kaipara.
All 12 council-administered playgrounds went smokefree in November 2008.
The move saw a 63 per cent drop in the number of cigarette butts collected.
The same evaluation process will be used to test the effectiveness of the smokefree policy in sports grounds and parks.
The council says there will be no "smoking police" patrolling public places - and is relying on people to be responsible.
The hope is that this will reduce smoking especially in the presence of children.
Whangarei playgrounds and sports grounds have been smokefree since September last year.
The Far North will follow suit this month.
Signs will be placed in all the smokefree areas in the coming month.
Cancer Society health promoter Jim Callaghan says it's not about creating more rules.
"Smokefree playgrounds, sports grounds and parks are about education rather than enforcing.
"This will be achieved through appropriate positive signage and community education," Mr Callaghan says.
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