Smokefree Playgrounds and Sports fields
All Porirua City Council playgrounds and sports fields are smoke free – and it’s all about the kids!
Working with local health organizations, the Porirua City Council has adopted a policy making all council playgrounds and sports fields smoke free. The smokefree parks policy is about doing all we can to help our young people stay smoke free.
Our playgrounds and sports fields are where our children play, socialise and compete, and where they learn the value of health and fitness. Research shows that the more children and young people are exposed to people smoking, the more likely they are to think of smoking as a ‘normal’ activity. Thinking that ‘everyone else is doing it’ increases the likelihood that children and young people will become smokers themselves. In fact, over 80 percent of New Zealanders don’t smoke and smokefree parks will help reflect this.
Porirua joins a number of other councils in introducing smoking restrictions in areas designed for use by children. These councils include South Taranaki, Upper Hutt, Central Hawke’s Bay, New Plymouth, Napier, Hastings, Queenstown, Gisborne, Rotorua and the Kapiti Coast.
Smoke free signs (see below) are displayed in council-owned playgrounds and sports fields including Aotea Lagoon, Ngatitoa Domain, Ascot Park, Endeavour Park, and the Titahi Bay Beach Playground.
Further information can be found by phoning our Contact Centre on (04) 237 5089 or email email@example.com.