Taupō is now a smoke and vape free district, under the new Taupō District Council Smokefree Action Plan.
This plan supports the Government’s goal of New Zealand being smokefree by the year 2025. It covers mostly public places across the district like the lakefront.
Councillor John Mack said “by creating these smoke and vape free environments across our district, we are setting the best example for our children and de-normalising smoking”.
The areas across the district that are now smoke/vape free are:
- CBD/civic spaces
- Reserves and parks, including lakefront reserves and beaches
- Sports grounds
- Outdoor dining
- Events on council property, and funded or supported by council
- Council buildings
- Bus stops and shelters
- Social Housing
There will be signage in place where areas are smoke and vape free and while not a by-law, the plan aims to use education and awareness to reduce smoking and vaping.