Proposed Smoke Free Policy

​PUBLIC CONSULTATION

​Proposed Grey District Smoke Free Public Places Policy

Issued 24 November 2017
Submissions close 5pm Monday 22 January 2018

SUBMISSIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED AND THE MATTER WILL BE CONSIDERED BY COUNCIL AT THEIR MEETING ON 12 FEBRUARY 2018. THE AGENDA WILL BE UPLOADED TO OUR WEBSITE PRIOR TO THE MEETING AND WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE.

Summary of Proposal

What is being proposed?

Ongoing pressure from health/anti-smoking agencies has caused Grey District Council to reconsider its current stance on whether we should have a Smoke Free Policy. Council does not currently have such a policy as enforcing it will be very difficult.

Council has now developed a draft Grey District Smoke Free Public Places Policy which addresses the need for a policy but avoids the need for enforcement. This proposed policy is based on a Council initiative to promote voluntary compliance with the policy by enforcing the following:

  • Smoking is harmful – to the smoker and to others.
  • It is not good social practice to smoke were others, especially young people, are in attendance.

This approach aligns with other local authorities do.

Why is this being proposed?

The proposed policy commits Council to work with the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) and other parties involved in the creation of healthier communities. It also introduces the principle that Council owned and sanctioned events will be smoke free and will be promoted as such. Council can also extend this to events that it sponsors.

It remains a request to not smoke and is not a smoking ban. If adopted, as an added measure Council can also include the no-smoking logo on Council signs for public places etc.

What are the options?

Council considered two options, namely:

  1. To adopt the proposed policy – as it is or with amendments.
  2. To not adopt the proposed policy.

OPTION ONE: Adopt the proposed Smoke Free Public Places Policy.

​BENEFITSNEGATIVES
  • It formalises tacit support that Council has given to health promotional bodies for some years now.
  • It confirms Council’s focus on creating a healthy community.
  • The policy acknowledges the right of smokers and aims at securing their voluntary cooperation to not smoke in public areas.
  • Despite the fact the policy will not be enforced by Council, it may be seen as being critical of smokers and, therefore, not supported. Public consultation will reveal the views of smokers in this.

A copy of the proposed Grey District Smoke Free Public Places Policy is below. It should be noted that the proposed policy is based on voluntary compliance and will not be enforced by Council.

OPTION TWO: Council does not adopt a smoke free policy.

It may be that the community does not support the adoption of a smoke free policy.

​BENEFITS​NEGATIVES

None identified.

  • ​There is a missed opportunity for Council to implement a culture of conduct by smokers that accept that their smoking also impacts on others and that they should exercise their rights to smoke in places/areas where it cannot impact on others.

How to have your say

Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. We want to hear from as many people as possible before a decision is made, so please have your say today.

All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:

  • Council submission form – online or paper
  • Email to submissions@greydc.govt.nz
  • Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date (most likely the February 2018 meeting).

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 22 January 2018.

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