Smoking tobacco products kills approximately 4,500 to 5,000 New Zealanders every year. That is around 13 deaths every day caused by smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.

In addition to the personal tragedy involved, this behaviour places avoidable cost and strain on our health care system, with more deaths every 4 days than Covid since its outbreak.

Fortunately, smoking is not contagious (at least in the infectious, viral sense).

So …

Smoke in a restaurant? Forbidden.

Smoke at a playground or park? Forbidden.

Smoke at the beach? Hmmm!

Smoke in outside dining spaces at restaurants and cafes? Hmmm!

Smoke at outdoor music or sporting events? Hmmm!

How far should smoking bans be taken?

The Napier and Hastings Councils want to know. They are considering expanding smoking prohibitions (including vaping), but are first seeking public feedback through February 28th.

Here’s where you can give your response to the same brief survey each Council is conducting (separate surveys for individuals and businesses):

To Napier City Council:

To Hastings District Council: Smokefree Survey 2022 | Consultations (

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1 Comment

  1. Smoking seems to be tarred (pun intended) with being the worst vice we can have, while no doubt it quietly kills it’s users, the same kind of attention doesn’t get focused on alcohol.

    Alcohol kills plenty of drinkers in a similar manor to smokers and those affected by the drinkers actions are far worse off. I would say that alcohol is a much bigger scourge on our modern enlightened society and has a far broader reach of victims.

    There’s also the poppy seed that has been made into highly addictive medicines killing hundreds per day in the US “The new data documents that estimated overdose deaths from opioids increased to 75,673 in the 12-month period ending in April 2021”.

    All this while marijuana is being pushed for legalisation, so why do we pick on the smoker?

    Maybe because they are an easy target? Maybe we make too much money out of alcohol to think about reducing it’s use.

    Any thought of outlawing smoking is ridiculous, prohibition has never worked. The void of tobacco from shops will just create a black market by people that you then have to police.

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