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Canterbury Healthy Workplaces Update: May 2018

Wednesday, May 02, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: physical activity, newsletter, smokefree, smoking, workplace

Canterbury DHB.With World Smokefree Day at the end of this month, why not encourage your employees to go Smokefree? Read on in this May update to find out about ways to spread the Smokefree message, how to help employees who smoke to quit, and how to create a workplace environment where people are discouraged from taking up the habit…

  • Smokefree workplaces
  • Upcoming dates for your health calendar
  • Ideas to be more active in Christchurch

Contact Healthy Workplaces and WorkWell Advisor Ann Vanschevensteen at Community and Public Health for more information on anything in this update (378 6781 or ann.vanschevensteen[at]

Becoming a Smokefree workplace

Why should your workplace become Smokefree? The benefits are clear:

  • healthier workers and fewer sick days. Smokers stay sicker longer and take about 3 times more sick days as non-smokers
  • getting more done. A smoker who takes four 10-minute breaks each day works 1 month less a year than a non-smoker
  • reduced cleaning and maintenance costs. Office equipment, carpets and furniture will last longer.

Get support from Community and Public Health

Community and Public Health can provide FREE help to support your employees (and their whānau) become Smokefree (while at work or for good) or if you are interested in extending or updating your workplace Smokefree policy.

Contact Christina Lewis (christina.lewis[at] or Mitchell Jordan (378 6703, 021 706 731 or mitchell.jordan[at]

What your organisation can do

There are many steps workplaces can take to encourage anyone who smokes to give up the habit.

Start at an organisational level by including Smokefree in your standard employee wellbeing policy. Make sure your people know about the change in policy well ahead of implementation.


  • your Smokefree workplace to include all buildings, outdoor areas including car parks, worksites and vehicles. If necessary, provide a specified designated smoking area that is away from other staff and the public (especially young children, to de-normalise smoking).
  • the importance of adhering to the legal requirements around Smokefree.
  • encouraging managers to lead by example and support staff who are wanting to quit smoking.
  • referring to your Smokefree policy in all workplace agreements, contracts, recruitment information and orientation packs.
  • ensuring all visitors and contractors know about the Smokefree policy. Visitor sign-in books have the Smokefree logo on the sign-in pages to clearly show the whole workplace is Smokefree.
  • promoting Smokefree messages and offering support to those wanting to quit by promoting either Quitline (0800 778 778) or Te Hā – Waitaha Stop Smoking Canterbury (0800 425 700 or smokefree[at]

Remember that having a Smokefree policy will not infringe upon the rights of smokers. Your Smokefree policy simply limits their use in certain areas.

The next step is to consider the Smokefree environment you want to create. Examples of what you can do in your workplace include:

  • banning smoking in the workplace (including grounds, building, and vehicles) or restrict areas where staff can smoke;
  • prominently displaying Smokefree signage and remove ashtrays in smoke-free areas;
  • displaying Smokefree resources and Quitting information in the workplace;
  • offering nicotine replacement therapy to help employees stay Smokefree throughout their work shift; and
  • make areas around entrance ways and walkways Smokefree.

Finally at an individual level, continue to support employees to become or stay Smokefree by:

  • offering access to support services (such as EAP - Employee Assistance Programme and free smoking cessation provider services);
  • providing information sessions or resources (such as the organisation’s workplace Smokefree policy, Smokefree resources and fact sheets, quitting information and available support services)
  • encouraging staff to support each other when quitting smoking
  • promoting or participating in awareness days, such as World Smokefree Day (31 May) or Stoptober
  • considering extending stop smoking support to workers’ families – your people spend more time around whānau than at work.

A few words on vaping

Each workplace can decide whether it includes vaping in their Smokefree policy – or not.

Smoking E-cigarettes or vaping at work, while currently legal, can be controlled by the employer to help limit the effect on non-smokers or non-vapers. Employers do not have to allow smoking or vaping at their workplace.

Some workplaces do choose to allow vaping for a set period of time (such as 6 months) after a Smokefree policy is implemented or extended. This is for a designated area and to support staff so they can use vaping as a tool to encourage them to eventually stop smoking. Make sure to include education and vaping etiquette in your policies.

Free resources and information on promoting Smokefree in your workplace

The Health Promotion Agency has created a toolkit to help communities and employers promote being Smokefree around World Smokefree Day. But you don’t need to wait until the end of May – the toolkit links to a range of resources you can use in your business to highlight the benefits of being Smokefree.

Smokefree resources are also available on the Wellplace website, including articles you can use in your workplace communications.

Order Smokefree resources from your local Community Health Information Centre, including free posters, pamphlets, Smokefree signage, and stickers.

The new cost of smoking infographics with updated 2018 pricing are now available for download.

Check out Smokefree community links on Work Well website.

Upcoming dates for your calendar

May - Haratua

June - Pipiri

  • Men’s Health Month.

Ideas to share and become more active in Christchurch

Remember to check out the MetroInfo Journey Planner to help plan your trip to and from these events.

Kennedys Bush Track has reopened – go for a walk with the whānau

Free Community Bootcamp

Date and Time: Tuesdays from 1 to 2pm.
Location: NZ Institute of Sport (66b Wharenui Road).

Free fitness sessions to the local community to suit all age groups and fitness levels! Wear exercise clothes.
Any updates or cancellations will be posted on Riccarton Neighbourhood Updates Facebook group.

Be Active Programme for Term 2

Ever wanted to try out a range of low-impact activities such as circuit, badminton, Tai Chi and Zumba? Contact Anna Wilson at Sport Canterbury to join this Green Prescription programme (03 373 5045 or anna.wilson[at]

  • Mondays (1.30 to 2.30pm) at Aranui Wainoni Community Centre (31 Hampshire Street) - starting 30th April.
  • Tuesdays (6.30 to 7.30pm) at Riccarton High School (31 Vicki Street) - starting 1st May.
  • Tuesdays (1.30 to 3pm) at Belfast Rugby Football Clubrooms (18 March Place) - starting 1st May.
  • Wednesdays (1 to 2.30pm) at Te Hapua Halswell Centre (341 Halswell Road) - starting 2nd May.

Free Pilates classes for International Pilates Day

Date: Saturday 5th May.
Time: Sessions starting at 8.15am and 9.30am.
Location: Te Hāpua Halswell Centre (341 Halswell Road).

Contact Adapted Yoga and Pilates to secure your spot on the mat (start[at]

The 'Mother of all Clean Ups' for river banks

Te Rūnaka ki Ōtautahi o Kāi Tahu will be taking responsibility for a river banks clean-up and would welcome helpers. Wear gloves and bring a rake if you can.

Date and Time: Saturday 12th May, from 9.30am.
Location: Cambridge Green (corner of Barbadoes Street/Cambridge Terrace/Salisbury Street).

Mother’s Day Fun Run/ Walk

Join a 5km run, walk or stroll at South Hagley Park, Rangiora Showgrounds or Ashburton Domain.

Date: Sunday 13th May.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt designed by Dick Frizzel.

AVIVA Street Appeal

The Aviva annual street appeal (18th to 19th May 2018) is coming up fast. 120 volunteers are needed to help collect at 30 sites in Christchurch, Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Amberley, Lincoln and Rolleston.

The appeal is a chance to raise money to provide life-changing support to people in Canterbury who are living with, and overcoming, family and sexual violence.

Contact Aviva for more information if you are able to help (enquiries[at] or 03 378 3846).

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch