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Visitors to Auckland’s 24 regional parks will be forced to stub out after a new smoke-free policy is implemented by Auckland Council.

The move will see the regional parks join a growing number of outdoor facilities that have banned smoking including Auckland Zoo, Mt Smart Stadium, Eden Park and playgrounds, skate parks and sports fields used by children in Manukau and Waitakere.

Councillor Sandra Coney said the move to make parks smoke-free was a logical step.

“Promoting smoke-free parks sets a positive example to our younger park visitors," she said.

"The last thing you need when enjoying the clean air and natural beauty of our parks is the waft of someone else’s smoking. The reduction of cigarette butts littering parks will certainly benefit the environment as well.”

She said the risk of fire was also a factor in the decision.

Cancer Society Auckland chief executive officer John Loof said he was "thrilled that everyone can now enjoy the great outdoors without being exposed to passive smoke”.

User comments
Yay, about time. If only this was country wide. There is nothing more revolting than taking a kid to the park and them picking up used stubs or getting in the car and having to brush off the stubs that have clung to your soles. Everyone always talks about the rights of smokers, what about the rest of the population?

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