ASPIRE2025

Letter | Health and nuisance impacts from outdoor smoking on public transport users: data from Auckland and Wellington

Local governments in New Zealand have been progressing a range of outdoor smokefree areas, including playgrounds, parks, sports fields, sporting stadiums, and other settings such as zoo grounds. There has also been some activity to develop smokefree streets, and central government has mandated smokefree school grounds.

Various reasons favouring outdoor smokefree areas include:

Despite such issues, not all train platforms are smokefree and no New Zealand towns or cities currently have smokefree bus stops (to our knowledge in July 2012).

Internationally, smokefree policies for transport waiting areas are becoming common, with policies in three states and over 250 cities in the USA, and policies in South Korea (Seoul), seven Canadian cities, and South Australia. Given this background, we considered other data to inform further discussions around smokefree public transportation settings (and wider smokefree shopping street developments).

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Citation: Russell, M., Wilson, N. & Thomson, G.  (2012). Health and nuisance impacts from outdoor smoking on public transport users: data from Auckland and Wellington (Letter).  New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1360), 24 August.