Smokefree Outdoor Policies

Smokefree Outdoor Spaces Policies help contribute to achieving the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Goal by:

  • 'Denormalising' smoking by reducing visibility so children are less likely to think it's normal and take it up
  • Supporting people to quit smoking, and help protect ex-smokers from relapsing, by reducing visual cues to smoke
  • Reducing exposure to second hand smoke


What Councils can do

Councils can create educational smokefree outdoor spaces policies, which means they don't require enforcing.  They work through the use of smokefree signage and promotional media.

Smokefree outdoor spaces could include a variety of areas where people congregate or children and families go.  A recent survey of residents in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes Districts conducted by Toi Te Ora Public Health found the community supported smokefree outdoor spaces, including:

  • Children's playgrounds (95%)
  • Outside schools, pre-schools, kindergartens and early childhood centres (91%)
  • Stadiums and sports grounds (80%)
  • At public events (75%)
  • Bus stops (72%)
  • Outdoor dining areas (64%)
  • Parks and reserves (57%)
  • Main street or city centres (49%)

Other areas that could be made smokefree include beaches and waterfront areas, and sporting or cultural facilities, grounds, and fields.

For further information or advice on creating Smokefree Outdoor Spaces Policies, see our 'Frequently Asked Questions' or contact us


Smokefree Outdoor Policies of councils in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts

Many councils already have smokefree outdoor spaces policies, the table below provides a summary of the council policies in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts, with recommendations for extensions. 


Areas Covered

Review Date


Taupō District Council

No policy (Smokefree signage in all parks and reserves)

Not applicable 

Adopt a Smokefree Outdoor Policy.

Rotorua Lakes Council

  • All playgrounds, parks, reserves, sportsgrounds and facilities

  • Public Toilets

  • Childhood education centres

  • All youth spaces and skate park

  • Bus stops

  • I-site

  • Outdoor pavement eating spaces

  • Eat Street

  • Entrances and exits to buildings used by the public

  • City centre market

  • Events funded by or on Council property

Smokefree Outdoor Spaces Policy

January 2020

Maintain signage and promotion of smokefree policy.

Ōpōtiki District Council
  • All parks, playgrounds, sportsgrounds and reserves
  • Beaches
  • CBD / Civic Spaces
  • All entrances to Council owned Building
  • Events funded or supported by Council
Educational Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces Policy

January 2024

Maintain signage and promotion of smokefree policy.

Kawerau District Council

  • All playgrounds, reserves and specified Council facilities

  • CBD

  • Events funded by or on Council grounds

Smokefree Public Spaces Policy

February 2020

Maintain signage and promotion of smokefree policy.

Whakatāne District Council

  • Parks and reserves

Smoke-Free Council Open Spaces Policy


December 2020

Maintain signage and promotion of smokefree policy. Include alfresco dining, beaches, pedestrian malls or town centres, bus stops, sports grounds and facilities, public toilets.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council 

  • Playgrounds, parks, reserves, sports fields, skate parks

  • Beaches

Smokefree Public Spaces Policy


October 2012 

Maintain signage and promotion of smokefree policy. Smokefree alfresco dining and town centres.

Tauranga City Council
  • Playgrounds

  • Active reserves

  • Bus stops

  • Grounds and carparks of council public facilities

  • Council run events

  • Mauao

Smokefree Places Policy

No date set 

Maintain signage and promotion of smokefree policy.

 Smokefree alfresco dining and beaches.


Examples and Useful Resources


How we can help

Toi Te Ora Public Health supports councils to implement smokefree outdoor spaces policies.  People in the community can also encourage council to introduce smokefree outdoor spaces.

Contact us if you would like further information or advice about smokefree outdoor spaces.