Taranaki DHB smokefree policy ramps up


24 April 2012

The Community & Public Health and Disability Advisory Committee endorsed Taranaki DHB becoming a Smokefree site by early 2013, today.

The DHB currently has a Smokefree/Auahi Kore Workplace and Environment policy which includes exceptions for designated smoking areas for patients, visitors, employees and Te Puna Waiora - Mental Health. This policy is set to change.

The recommendation that is to go to the full District Health Board in May supports the hospital site to be 100% completely Smokefree/Auahi Kore by February 2013.

The Smokefree Midland DHBs, Taranaki, Lakes, Waikato, Tairawhiti and Bay of Plenty believe that tobacco and smoking are too visible in our communities. Our children and tamariki need to grow up free from the risk of becoming addicted to tobacco and the effects of second-hand smoke.

Tobacco smoking is the main cause of preventable death in New Zealand, and impacts directly on those who smoke and also on children and others who spend time with smokers through the effects of passive smoking. A reduction in smoking is a priority for the DHB, Improving, promoting, protecting and caring for the health and wellbeing of the people of Taranaki.

For more information please call
Sue Carrington
Media Adviser
Ph 021 367 789

 

Last updated: Monday, April 30, 2012

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