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Auckland considers widespread smoking ban

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/08/2016

Auckland Council wants to make smoking socially unacceptable by banning it in open spaces across the city.

A council committee is considering a by-law that would keep smokers out of designated areas.

Mayor Len Brown says he's excited by the plan that would see smoking outlawed across the entire CBD, pavement dining, civic squares and beaches.

He said it also fitted with council's vision to be the world's most liveable city.

"I'm sure Aucklanders will be very happy we are taking the initiative to resolve an issue that undoubtedly compromises their health and environment and that of their children," he said.

The bylaw could face legal challenges and high costs, but Brown and committee chairman George Wood say it's worth it.

The bylaw could also include a stipulation from councillor Denise Krum that all council contracts, leases, licenses, events and grants have a smokefree requirement.

"With 5000 smoke-related deaths per year, this issue deserves our full attention," she said.

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