Wānaka Sun       

Smoke-free trial well received

Posted at 6:00am Friday 03 Jan, 2020 | By Francesca Maria Nespolo journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) recently implemented a smoke-free trial on the lakefront from Dinosaur Park to the intersection of Dungarvon and Ardmore. This trial includes both cigarettes and vaping and will continue until March 2020. If successful, it will become a bylaw later 10 2020. 

Several locals and visitors, walking along the shoreline shared their thoughts on the trial with the Wānaka Sun. Local resident Paul and his dog were overjoyed at the idea of seeing less cigarette butts on their walk. “As I am walking along, enjoying our beautiful scenery, it really does take away from the enjoyment when I see a cigarette butt on the beach.” 

Gloria, a former local turned world wanderer was overjoyed to hear the news. “I am a very active person and in being so there is nothing worse for me than being outside and being first and second hand to someone causing undeniable harm to themselves and those around them.” She shared that in her travels she especially enjoyed places that had already taken such action.

Peter said that he is most excited not to see or smell the trendy vapor cigarettes anymore. “If I was walking my dog, I wouldn't just let them wander over to someone and start harassing them. Why would someone wish for their smoke to do the same to me?” He greatly appreciated this action and is particularly excited not to see as much “under-researched” nicotine vapor in the air. 

With the trial still up in the air and the smoke still yet to clear, the general consensus seems that Wānaka residents prefer clean outdoors and healthy lifestyles. How do you feel about the ban? Head to our Facebook page to discuss. 



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