Children’s playgrounds are a potential priority area for new smokefree places to protect children from both secondhand smoke and the adverse normalising impact of seeing adult smoking.
This ASPIRE2025 study aimed to identify the extent of coverage and quality of smokefree signage around children’s playgrounds in a sample of New Zealand local government areas.
The results suggest relatively low smokefree signage density for children’s playgrounds, especially at entrances. The results also suggest potential utility in comparing smokefree and other signage (such as for dog control) for illustrating opportunities for improving smokefree signage.
The study has been published in a letter to the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Wilson, N., Thomson, G. (2016) Survey of smokefree signage at playgrounds: the potential value of comparisons with dog control signage. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12540
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University of Otago, Wellington