Source: Christchurch City Council, 2 November 2016
Twenty Christchurch cafes will make history
tomorrow with the first formal trial of smoke-free outdoor dining
in New Zealand.
The six month pilot - aptly named the Fresh Air Project - will see 20 cafes
make their outdoor dining areas completely smoke-free for the next
six months, in bid to improve the health of customers and
The project is a partnership between the Cancer Society and the
Canterbury District Health Board, and endorsed by the Christchurch
Coffee Culture Merivale and Sumner owner Glenn Rewi said he
expected most customers would be supportive of the trial.
"With any major changes in a business you're going to get some
feedback. It will turn some customers away but equally it will
attract some more people in," Mr Rewi said.
Merivale Coffee Culture owner
Glenn Rewi is trialing smoke-free outdoor dining from tomorrow.
"I'd been thinking about doing it for the last couple of years
and when I was approached about this, I thought it was the perfect
opportunity to get on board, and it had the blessing from our head
"I'm confident it will become law, so we are going to have to do
it sooner or later. If you look back a few years, the bars all
kicked up a stink when they became smoke-free but people are still
going there, bars are still making money, and customers are
generally happier with it," Mr Rewi said.
"I'm sure there will be a few ruffled feathers, but we're
hopeful that our customers will be understanding of why we're doing
Figures show 85 percent of Cantabrians don't smoke, and research
shows the majority of those are keen on smoke-free outdoor dining
Martin Witt from the Cancer Society said the trial would allow
Cantabrians and visitors to experience the benefits of smoke-free
"Food tastes better, and being outside is nicer, when you don't
have smoke around you," Mr Witt said. "Second hand smoke isn't just
unpleasant, it poses a real health risk which customers and
hospitality staff shouldn't have to be exposed to.
"As for smokers, we know that the more smoke-free environments
there are, the easier it is to stop smoking. Most smokers want to
quit, and being in a smoke-free environment reduces the triggers of
those trying to do so."
Mr Witt said the benefits of smokefree outdoor dining extended
beyond customers and hospitality staff.
"When cafes and restaurants went smoke-free indoors in 2004
sales increased and we're confident that the same thing will happen
this time. We believe the fresh air will attract more families, and
improve the overall dining experience."
Christchurch City Councillor Glenn Livingstone said the pilot was
a significant step towards the national goal of a smokefree New
Zealand by 2025.
"It would be great if our next generation didn't smoke, and this
pilot takes us closer to that reality. Children copy what they see,
so the less we expose our children to smoking, the less likely they
will be to take up the habit," Councillor Livingstone said.
Christchurch City Council has had a smoke-free policy in place
at all Council-owned parks, playgrounds and sports fields since
2009. Last year it resolved to extend that policy to the main
entrances and exits of Council buildings and facilities and to
Council bus passenger shelters.
Compliance with the policy is voluntary and not enforced by the
Find out more on the Fresh Air
Project and Council's smoke-free