The Fresh Air Project - A Taste of Smokefree Outdoor Dinning
By The Fresh Air Project | Posted: Thursday November 1, 2018
Southern air is about to get fresher!
Twenty cafes in Otago & Southland will be making their outdoor spaces smokefree this summer as part of a pioneering pilot.
Dr Rachael Hart, CEO of the Otago and Southland Cancer Society says this unique outdoor dining project has now come to Otago & Southland, and will let Southerners and visitors experience the benefits of smokefree outdoor dining.
“The vast majority of Southerners, around eighty-five per cent, don’t smoke, and research shows that they want to be able to enjoy outdoor dining without the smoke”, says Dr Hart.
Her comments are reinforced by Public Health South’s Health Promotion Advisor Emily Nelson. “Food tastes better, and being outside is nicer, when you don’t have smoke around you.”
“Furthermore, the benefits of smokefree outdoor dining don’t just extend to customers. When cafes and restaurants went smokefree indoors in 2004 sales increased and we’re confident that the same thing will happen this time. We believe the Fresh Air Project will attract more families, and improve the overall dining experience for the vast majority of people.”
“And with regards to those who smoke, we know that the more smokefree environments there are, the easier it is to stop smoking. Most people who smoke want to quit, and being in a smokefree environment has a positive impact on those trying to do so”
“We were initially concerned that cafes might be reluctant to get on board, but the opposite was true. The café owners we spoke to could see the benefits that being involved would provide to both their customers and their bottom line,” says Ms Nelson, of Public Health South.
Sarah Hussey, from The Perc Central in Dunedin, says she saw being involved in the pilot as an extension to what they were doing anyway “For The Perc Central, the benefit of going smokefree is greater comfort for a greater number of customers.”
Jane Shaw, owner of Provisions of Arrowtown and The Boatshed Café in Queenstown echoes Sarah’s. “Great food, great coffee and great settings don’t go well with a smoking environment. We are family-friendly and want to look after our whanau”.
Victoria Lethbridge owner of Franks Eatery and Frank’s Pantry in Queenstown says for her businesses, “With such an open eatery we want to make sure all our customers can enjoy their dining experience in clean air”.
Mayor Dave Cull, of Dunedin City Council says the pilot is a significant step towards the national goal of a smokefree New Zealand by 2025. “Having smokefree outdoor spaces will also help make Dunedin a more liveable healthy city”, says Mayor Cull.
Mayor Cull goes on to say, “It would also be great if our next generation didn’t smoke, and the Fresh Air Project takes us closer to that reality. Children copy what they see, so the less we expose our children to smoking, the less likely they will be to take up the habit,”
Echoing this, Mayor Jim Boult, of Queenstown Lakes District Council, says “the Project will help to contribute to making the Queenstown community healthy and vibrant, and we applaud our hospitality venues’ leadership!”
Dougal McGowan, CEO of the Otago Chamber of Commerce, congratulated the twenty hospitality venues for getting involved as it will likely bring benefits to local business and support a positive smokefree message in the community.
These city and business leaders are encouraging the public to show their support for the hospitality venues who have made their outdoor spaces smokefree, and to visit www.freshairproject.org.nz, the Facebook Page (search The Fresh Air Project) or @smokefreeoutdoordining to find a participating café or restaurant. Additionally, if customers complete a feedback form they will go in the draw to win a $30 voucher (one voucher to be won for each café).
The twenty hospitality venues participating in the Fresh Air pilot are:
- Allpress Espresso
- Vanguard Specialty Coffee Co.
- Modaks Espresso
- The Perc Central
- Gaslight Restaurant & Wine Bar
- Liquid Assets Juice Bar
- Madam Woo
- Odelay Café
- Café Society
- The Exchange
- The Boatshed
- Franks Eatery
- Franks Pantry
- The Seriously Good Chocolate Company
- Charlie’s Kitchen
- Good Fix Café
- The Cheeky Llama
- The Pantry
A big acknowledgement to all our cafes and restaurants who are already Smokefree and can be found on www.freshairproject.org.nz.