The Whangarei District Council has introduced a comprehensive progressive smokefree policy which will see more outdoor public spaces, including restaurants and cafés, becoming smokefree before the end of 2020. The move follows a similar step in Auckland

“This decision is a significant step towards achieving smokefree 2025 and, we acknowledge the support of Council and hope that other councils in Northland will follow suit,” said Jenni Moore, manager, Cancer Society Northland.

The support for smokefree outdoor dining continued with the success of The Fresh Air Project Whangarei, with 94 percent of customer feedback supporting smokefree outdoor dining and strong industry support with over 30 cafes now offering smokefree outdoor dining.