Smoking banned in over 800 Auckland restaurants

  • 19/10/2018

Smoking will be off the menu in over 800 Auckland restaurants with outdoor seating areas soon. 

Auckland Council has renewed the dining license of the outdoor restaurants under the smokefree policy. 

This is part of a commitment by the council to make the city smokefree by 2025. 

Currently, tobacco is the number one cause of preventable cancer in Auckland.  

Councillor and chairperson of the council's environment and community committee, Penny Hulse said the move will benefit all. 

"Smokefree al fresco dining areas are a health benefit to serving staff and smokers trying to quit, as well as providing a healthy and clean environment for customers of many great hospitality venues," Ms Hulse said. 

Cancer Society health promotion manager for Auckland and Northland, Kristina Marckean applauded the move and said the council is acting in the interest of the health and wellbeing of all Aucklanders.