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26 Whangarei eateries are smoke free

 
This page contains information about eateries in Whangarei offering smoke-free dining.
Updated: 16/02/2018 2:58 p.m.

At least 26 Whangarei eateries offer smoke-free dining, with 12 coming on board especially for the Fresh Air Project - a Cancer Society Northland and Northland DHB project supported by Council.

A recent survey (2017) of Whangarei residents shows strong support (82 per cent) for smokefree outdoor dining, according to Smokefree Advisor, Bridget Rowse.

“All the evidence shows that smokefree outdoor areas do not have a negative impact on business and often have a positive effect. There are already 14 cafés in Whangarei that have successfully taken smoking off the menu for good.”

During the three months of the Fresh Air Project pilot each of the 12 participating CBD and Quayside cafés will be featured as ‘Venue of the Week’ on The Fresh Air Facebook page to raise awareness of these cafes and encourage people to enjoy smokefree outdoor dining.

“Reduced smoking around these venues will reduce the risks of smoking and second–hand smoke, but it will also bring significant environmental benefits as well,” said Bridget.

“Cigarette butts may seem small, but with an estimated 4.5 trillion butts (worldwide) littered every year, the toxic chemicals add up. They are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. Discarded in parking lots and in streets miles from the coast, they inevitably make their way through storm drains, creeks and rivers to the beach and the ocean.

“They don’t just cause unsightly litter, they can take up to 12 months to break down in fresh water and up to five years to break down in seawater. Toxins from cigarettes then leach into our waterways and the ocean, and birds and sea mammals ingest the butts, thinking that it's food.

The 12 cafés participating in the Fresh Air Project Whangarei are:

  • Mokaba Café
  • Riverside Café
  • Serenity Café
  • Fudge Farm
  • The Quay
  • No.8
  • Grind Café
  • Bob Café
  • LIT
  • Deluca Café
  • La Familia Café
  • No.7 Espresso Café
 

The 14 cafés in Whangarei that already offer smokefree Outdoor Dining are:

  • Walton Street Café
  • Nectar Café
  • Salt Café
  • Palmers Café
  • Columbus Café Mitre 10
  • The Press at Tarewa Park
  • Jolt Café at Sciadopitys
  • Cibo Café
  • Quail Café at Quarry Gardens
  • Refuel at Kensington Stadium
  • New Day Café Parua Bay
  • Helena Bay Café
  • Smith & Local
  • Fresh Café 

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