Working towards a smokefree/ auahi kore future

Tobacco smoking is the main cause of premature death and disability in New Zealand. It results in almost 5000 deaths every year, killing more than half of those who use it.

Smokefree Aotearoa 2025New Zealand is moving towards the goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 and this is supported by the Canterbury DHB and Community and Public Health. A Smokefree Aotearoa means:

  • that our children and grandchildren will enjoy tobacco-free lives;
  • that almost no one will smoke – less than 5 percent of the population will be current smokers; and
  • it will be very difficult to sell or supply tobacco.

Community and Public Health’s goal is to reduce the tobacco-related harm experienced by the people of our region, by focusing on:

Smokefree Canterbury provides information on how people and organisations can create a supportive smokefree culture, including marae and sports clubs.

Smokefree resources and signage is available from the Community Health Information Centre.

Auahi Kore and the health of Māori and Pacific people

Auahi Kore LogoNationally nearly half of Māori and 1 in 3 Pacific people smoke, compared to 1 in 5 people for the total NZ population.

Community and Public Health is committed to addressing the particular issues that contribute to smoking in the Māori and Pacific communities.

Our staff promote and support smokefree while working with Māori and Pacific communities in many settings including marae, churches, schools and workplaces.

Working for change through smokefree Networks

Staff at Community and Public Health also work with other organisations on joint projects and an annual celebration of World Smokefree Day (31st May).

Smokefree Canterbury Logo with byline: Working together to achieve a smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.Here are some of the smokefree networks that Community and Public Health staff are involved with:

Collaborative work by Community and Public Health with other agencies includes:

  • encouraging community, workplaces and other organisations to support the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal;
  • working with health professionals in hospitals and general practice to ensure they are providing advice and support to patients who smoke;
  • providing education and support on smoking cessation services;
  • helping social service organisations to be more skilled at addressing smokefree with their clients; and
  • working with local Councils to promote more smokefree public places.

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Contact your local CPH office for further information:

CANTERBURY
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

SOUTH CANTERBURY
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091

WEST COAST
Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169


Let everyone know your place is smokefree

The Community Health Information Centre (CHIC) provides free smokefree stickers and posters to show people that your workplace, home or building is smokefree.

The Health Promotion Agency provides metal smokefree signage for external areas such as on the outside of buildings or fences. Small quantities are available free of charge.

Get information on local services to help you quit smoking.

Sign stating Smokefree at all Times.


Kids are 7 times more likely to smoke in later life if their parents do.


Sign up to the Smokefree Canterbury Charter

Many Cantabrians have already embraced the Smokefree 2025 goal. Smokefree Canterbury have created an online charter, to give everyone an opportunity to show their commitment to Smokefree 2025.

It looks like a jigsaw to show how our individual contributions will join together to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal.

Smokefree 2025 rests in all of our hands.

Image of Smokefree Canterbury Charter shown as a jigsaw.

Page last updated: 13/06/2017

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