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Smokefree Policy

Review of Smokefree Position Statement

The Council is reviewing its Smokefree Position Statement to create a new Smokefree Policy, in conjunction with Nelson Marlborough Health and the Cancer Society. The decision to review the 2014 Position Statement is in response to a submission received during the 2021 Long Term Plan consultation from the Cancer Society and Nelson Marlborough Health.

The aim of the policy is to improve health and wellbeing by reducing exposure to second hand smoke in public places and to work towards Central Government’s commitment to a goal of New Zealand being smokefree by 2025 .

The first step in the review is for people to share their views through an online survey on public places in Marlborough that should be Smokefree/Vapefree. The survey will help gauge the level of community interest/support for the new policy. To share your views, complete the survey through the link below before it closes on Thursday 31 March.

Go to Smokefree/Vapefree survey

After the survey closes the policy will be drafted and will then be shared with the community for consultation when people will have the opportunity to make a submission.

If you have a question about the review please email:

Smokefree Position Statement 2014

Council, as a matter of policy, endorses smokefree parks and gardens, playgrounds, sports grounds and swimming pools, and walkways.

As signage at Council-controlled venues and locations is installed or replaced, the smokefree logo will be included on all new signage.

Events held at Council-owned venues or where Council is a sponsor should be smokefree and the smokefree message should be encouraged in event promotion and publicity.

Council aims to:

  • Encourage people to adopt a smokefree lifestyle for the sake of their own health and to provide good role models for children
  • Promote Marlborough’s clean and healthy environment by encouraging the public to keep our sport and leisure areas smokefree
  • Discourage smoking in public outdoor places so as to limit exposure to the effects of smoking and reduce associated litter
  • Educate the public to understand the seasonal fire risk posed by smoking, particularly in remote areas
  • Deliver a positive message that good health and protection for the environment are important values in Marlborough

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Linda Craighead on 03 520 7400 or email