Legislation

Anyone in New Zealand can work towards our countries goal of a Smoke-free 2025. From supporting smoke-free environments by having a say on local councils Smoke-free policies, through to monitoring your corner retailer to ensure they are adhering to the law associated with the selling of cigarettes. There are a range of activities you can get involved in to help create a healthier Smoke-free future for everyone. Knowing what the current law is, can help you to better influence decision-makers, tobacco retailers, other businesses, schools, and even your own whānau, hapū or iwi.

Below are relevant examples of legislation and policies that could help you plan for appropriate action, presentations and submissions. We need more people to have a say to make the goal a reality.

In regards to the Smokefree legislation below, if you do notice that a law in the act is being breached in your community you can make a complaint. The following link provides you with the numbers for complaint services in your area. http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/tobacco-...

Smokefree Policy 2013

Auckland Council approved a smoke-free policy in 2013 aimed at making public outdoor spaces smoke-free across the Auckland region. The policy is aimed at improving the health and well-being of Auckland’s communities by reducing the prevalence of smoking and de-normalising smoking behaviour.

Smoke-free Environments Regulations 2007

The Smoke-free Environments Regulations 2007 regulations set out the labeling requirements for retail packages of cigarettes and other tobacco products, including the requirements for graphic pictorial health warnings.

Smoke-free Enviroments Act 1990
  • Regulates smoke-free workplaces and public areas.
  • Regulates the marketing, advertising and promotion of tobacco products.
  • Monitors and regulates the presence of harmful constituents in tobacco products and tobacco smoke.
Local Government Act 2002

Local Councils have statutory powers under a number of Acts that relate to public health. The Local Government Act 2002 specifically states that Councils can make by-laws for the purpose of ‘protecting, promoting and maintaining public health and safety’. In addition, Part 1: Section 20 of the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 specifies that local authorities can make bylaws to provide ‘greater protection from tobacco smoke than is provided in this Part’.

Smoke-free Environment Amendment Act 2003

Changes to smokefree law as a result of the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act 2003.

Smokefree Policies per District Councils for New Zealand

Smokefree policies at local councils, May 2016