The current policy was adopted in December 2020.
The aim of the policy is for Palmerston North to be smokefree and vapefree. This means smokefree and vapefree:
- streets in the city centre
- public events
- parks and playgrounds
- Council-owned and operated facilities
Through this policy, the Council aims to improve the health of the city, and contribute to the government's Smokefree 2025 goal. The Council has no powers to enforce the policy, so it is not a ban. Instead, the policy proposes to encourage people to refrain from smoking and vaping.
Smokefree and vapefree outdoor dining in Palmy
In 2016 Council introduced new smokefree rules for outdoor dining on Council footpaths.
We were the first city in New Zealand to introduce the measures through a bylaw. Smokefree outdoor dining conditions remain unchanged, as these are created under the Signs and Use of Public Places Bylaw.
Businesses using Council footpaths as outdoor dining areas are required to display smokefree and vapefree signs as well as remove ashtrays from those outdoor dining areas.
While the conditions don’t ban smoking and vaping in outdoor areas, they support Council’s educational efforts to discourage smoking and vaping in public places.