Smokefree by choice


A Northland cafe is going completely smokefree:

Smoking indoors in not allowed in any cafe in the country, but Tawera Park is the only one to be smokefree outdoors as well. 

It backs on to Tawera Park, which must be smokefree under the new policy of the three Northland councils, for smokefree parks, playgrounds and sports grounds.

Ms Saramet says it was an easy decision to go completely smokefree.

“It’s a nice clean green image to maintain, especially in Whangarei which is a lovely green place and I think we need to embrace that. I think it’s a benefit,” she says. . .

The most compelling argument for not allowing smoking is the comfort of non-smoking customers.

Unless smokers are very considerate smoke from their cigarettes drifts over other people.

I’ve left a cafe before ordering because cigarette smoke from other diners was drifting in the open door.

Smoking is legal but someone’s right to smoke is trumped by others’ right to smoke-free air.

It’s an OSH issue


When Labour was preparing for the introduction of smoke free legislation banning smoking in pubs their message was it was a health issue for smokers.

That isn’t up for debate but it would have been much better to sell it simply as an OSH issue for the health and safety of staff.

Smokers’ health is their business but employers and the government have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of workers.

The same logic should apply to prisons.

A prisoner has won a High Court ruling that a smoking ban in Auckland prison is unlawful.

. . . The Corrections Department has not yet decided if it will appeal the ruling, but Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says she is considering a law change to maintain a smoke free environment in prisons.

Despite the legal victory, prisoners can still not smoke due to a recent change to Corrections regulations making tobacco contraband, which this ruling has no effect on.

If a law change is needed it should be based on health and safety.
The right of prison staff, visitors and non-smoking prisoners to a smoke-free  environment should trump prisoners’ right to smoke.
Banning matches and lighters because of the potential for them to be used to start fires is another legitimate argument against smoking in prisons.

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