The Fresh Air Project



It all started in 2008 when Christchurch parks and playgrounds became smokefree. Now many other public places are smokefree like sports grounds, council events, entrances and exits to council buildings and bus shelters. But what about smokefree outdoor dining venues?


So we asked...


 survey imageOur community survey (2014) showed that 81% of participants supported smokefree outdoor dining. When we asked hospitality venues in 2015 what they thought, 61% said their outdoor dining areas should be smokefree or possibly be smokefree.





We asked, you answered and we listened. From here the Fresh Air Project was born.

Fewer and fewer people are smoking and more smokers are quitting than ever before. In fact smoking is on the way out……it’s common to have no smoking in outdoor dining areas across the ditch in Australia and many other places overseas. It’s catching on in New Zealand too, with Palmerston North and Auckland also joining in on the action and making their outdoor dining smokefree. Let’s not get left behind, lets make smokefree outdoor dining the norm in Christchurch.Smoke free Cafes

New Zealand has a goal to be smokefree by 2025. It’s a vision of a smokefree future that is less than 10 years away. Christchurch is on its way towards being a smokefree city and smokefree outdoor dining is a stepping stone towards making this a reality. 

From there the Fresh Air Project was born through a partnership between the Cancer Society and the Canterbury District Health Board.

The pilot also has full support of the Christchurch City Council and we strongly believe there will be a ground swell of more venues going smokefree in the near future. To find out more about how to become a smokefree venue, go to the Join The Movement tab. 

Let’s all help make New Zealand smokefree by 2025.