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New smoking bans across Wellington

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/04/2016
The price of an average pack of cigarettes can go above $20. © Serge Pouzet/SIPA/Rex The price of an average pack of cigarettes can go above $20.

Smoking in Wellington is about to become a real drag.

The vice will be outlawed in the Civic Square, bus stops, the Botanical Gardens, council housing, council operated community centres, pools, recreation centres and a number of other places on May 31.

It's a part of Wellington City Council's push to become smokefree, reducing the prevalence of smoking to less than five per cent, by 2025.

"Already less than 10 per cent of Wellingtonians smoke - the lowest rate in New Zealand," mayor Celia Wade-Brown said on Thursday.

"We can become the first smokefree capital in the world by helping 5000 of our fellow Wellingtonians to become smokefree over the next nine years."

The new bans come into place on World Smokefree Day.

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