Customer support for Smokefree outdoor dining trial
Christchurch City Council Newsline: 1st March 2017
The majority of customers visiting cafes taking part in Christchurch’s smokefree outdoor dining trial have said they support the project, with many current smokers also backing the trial.
The pilot is aptly named the Fresh Air Project and has seen 20 cafes make their outdoor dining areas completely smoke-free since 1st November 2016 in a bid to improve the health of customers and staff.
The Cancer Society and Community and Public Health team today presented a progress report on the Fresh Air Project to the Christchurch City Council’s Social and Community Development Committee.
Martin Witt from the Cancer Society told Councillors that while the pilot was still underway many of the venues had said that being totally smokefree had not harmed their business.
“Customer feedback forms at all Fresh Air venues are telling us that the majority of visitors support smokefree outdoor dining .
“The vast majority of Cantabrians, around eighty-five per cent, don’t smoke, and these customer feedback forms reinforce our earlier research showing that the public want to be able to enjoy outdoor dining without the smoke.”
“As for smokers, we know that the more smokefree environments there are, the easier it is to stop smoking.”
Acting duty manager at Café Metro Ryan Haan, said the trial had been a huge success and Café Metro would remain smokefree once the trial finished.
“Every bit of feedback we have had has been positive. A couple of our customers who used to smoke outside no longer do, but they still come in and buy their drinks. They understand the situation. We’ve had a lot of people come up to us and say how much they enjoy the smokefree environment and how positive they are about the trial.
“Overall, we think it has been brilliant for everyone – customers and staff.”
The Fresh Air Project trial finishes at the end of April 2017.
The Fresh Air Project is a partnership between the Cancer Society and the Canterbury District Health Board, and endorsed by the Christchurch City Council.
Note: Christchurch City Council has had a smoke-free policy in place at all Council-owned parks, playgrounds and sports fields since 2009. In 2015, it resolved to extend that policy to the main entrances and exits of Council buildings and facilities and to Council bus passenger shelters. Compliance with the policy is voluntary and not enforced by the Council.