A large Queenstown retail and business centre’s kicking the habit and banning the butts.
Mayor Jim Boult was on hand this morning to mark Five Mile officially going smokefree.
The centre has been working towards a smokefree status for some months, canvassing business owners on the move and working with the Southern DHB’s Public Health South on how it should be initiated.
The move’s been welcomed by Boult, who’s been considering the idea of a blanket ban on smoking in the downtown areas of Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown.
“After seeing the 10,000 cigarette butts which Liz Smith and her family picked up from the lakefront in Queenstown Bay and brought in to show council, I’m aware that many of them end up polluting our waterways and lakes.
“I’m delighted to see Five Mile taking a stance on this increasingly anti-social habit.”
Public Health South’s Emily Nelson says she’s “thrilled” to see Five Mile become the first large-scale new development in the Southland, Otago and Central Otago region to go smokefree.
“More and more businesses are going over and above the legal requirements and declaring all workspaces, including work vehicles and outdoor areas, to be smokefree and helping employees access stop smoking support.
“All this action is creating a New Zealand where being smokefree is normal, whether it’s in public, at work, or at home with wha
Five Mile Centre Manager Regan Allington says a designated smoking area has been established at the centre to cater for those who still wish to smoke.
“The majority of our businesses and their employees are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the centre clean and smokefree, but we have to acknowledge that there are still workers or visitors who feel the need to smoke.
“The QLDC is one of the few councils in the country without an extensive smokefree policy but I understand they’re working towards creating one.
“We’d like to think we’re setting a great example as to how that can work and encourage the council to fast-forward their plans.”
Today’s launch was held at Five Mile outside The Warehouse and EB Games, with a sausage sizzle supported by Countdown and The Warehouse helping raise funds for the Cancer Society.