Supporting Smokefree Outdoor Dining and Bars
What is the Fresh Air project?
The Fresh Air Project is an initiative run by the Cancer Society which encourages outdoor dining and bar venues to go 100% smokefree and vapefree.
The Fresh Air project started in Christchurch in 2016 and has since been implemented in Ashburton, Whangarei, Nelson and now Auckland. The Fresh Air project will complement Auckland Council’s requirement for hospitality venues with street trading licences to be smokefree. The Fresh Air project welcomes any venue who is happy to be 100% smokefree and vapefree.
Why make all your outdoor areas smokefree and vapefree?
- Customers want smokefree outdoor dining. In a survey conducted by Auckland Council in 2016, 90% of Aucklanders said they would be more likely or as likely to visit outdoor dining areas if they are smokefree.
- It protects customers and staff from the harms of second-hand smoke and prevents smoke drifting inside. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, even outdoors.
- It protects our children. Kids copy what they see, so reducing exposure to smoking and vaping reduces the likelihood that children will start to smoke or vape.
- It helps people quit and helps those who have quit to stay smokefree. Most people who smoke want to quit. Exposure to smoking can trigger cravings and make it harder for those trying to quit.
- It reduces litter and means your staff don’t have to deal with ashtrays or cigarette butts.
We welcome any venue who is happy to be 100% smokefree and vapefree to join the Fresh Air project. It’s easy to make the change and you’ll be part of a group that has strong support from the public. We will provide you with free Fresh Air wall signs and window stickers and will promote your venue on the Fresh Air website.
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