29 Jul 2010

Whangarei council to make parks smoke-free

5:50 pm on 29 July 2010

Whangarei District Council is the latest council to ban smoking in public parks.

The council this week approved a smoke-free policy for all its sportsfields, reserves and playgrounds.

It acknowledges the policy cannot be enforced, but says the aim is to support the non-smoking public and discourage smokers.

No-smoking stickers will go up on signs at parks around the district.

More than 20 councils have adopted smoke-free policies for outdoor areas in the past five years.