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Public place smoking

We know many people don’t want to breathe second-hand smoke, dislike the smell of tobacco smoke and avoid smoky places. However, there are ways to reduce the exposure to smoke but not banish smokers.

Public place smoking

That's why we support restrictions on smoking in indoor public places including workplaces, restaurants and bars.

Some countries have adopted strong measures banning all smoking in indoor workplaces and in enclosed public places, and a small number have also banned smoking in some outdoor public areas.

We believe people should not smoke around children, including outdoor areas primarily intended for them.  Nonetheless, we believe general restrictions on public place smoking in outdoor areas go too far.

Smoking bans do not necessarily influence people to quit – instead, some smokers might simply change where and when they light up.

Comfortable outdoor spaces

We support the development of comfortable outdoor accommodation for smokers in places where bans have forced them outside.  Typically this means partly covered areas with seating and heating or cooling and ashtrays or bins. 

We recognise that the indoor smoking bans in hospitality venues throughout New Zealand will impact those venues and their surrounds. Such challenges currently facing the hospitality industry include:

  • outdoor noise
  • footpath traffic congestion
  • littering
  • spiking of unattended drinks
  • door security and crowd control
  • patron amenity and comfort
  • reduced on site gaming (problem on-line gambling in the home) and
  • increased bottle shop sales (unmanaged private alcohol consumption).

The hospitality industry can manage these challenges by keeping patrons on site in non-enclosed smoking areas as permitted by law.

Some people believe there should also be smoking bans in partly enclosed or even open areas at hospitality venues. We believe these further restrictions would exacerbate the challenges facing the hospitality industry.