September 20, 2018
Smokefree dairies start of community clean-out
Tobacco control advocates hope a Canterbury dairy’s decision to go smokefree is part of a trend.
Mihi Blair, the manager Hāpai Te Hauora’s national tobacco control advocacy service, says Waikūkū Beach General Store owner Cathy Farrell listened to her staff and community in making the decision to stop selling tobacco products,
She says other dairies should also give a thought to the wider needs of their communities, especially those based in centres of high Māori population.
"These store owners belong to our community so they need to start listening to the people, that we really want to achieve the goal of Smokefree Aotearoa 2025, and the way to do that is starting to phase tobacco out of the communities where our people live," Ms Blair says.
Many smokers support smokefree dairies because they hope the inconvenience of buying cigarettes will help them cut down.
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