Nelson Marlborough Health's Public Health Service have designated Smokefree Enforcement Officers who monitor and enforce the Smokefree Environments Act 1990, the Smokefree Environments Amendment Act 2003 and the Smoke-ree Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Act 2011.

The Acts state that:

  • the buildings and grounds of schools and early childhood centres are smokefree
  • inside licensed premises (bars, restaurants, cafes, sports clubs, casinos) are smokefree
  • all workplaces are smokefree indoors
  • the display of tobacco products in retail outlets is restricted
  • herbal smoking products are included in the restrictions
  • it is illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18 years
  • prohibits the display of tobacco products at any sales outlet.

We regularly complete 'controlled purchase operations' with premises who sell tobacco products. Controlled purchase operations involve volunteers under the age of 18 years who, within a safe environment, attempt to purchase tobacco products. We use this as a way to educate and teach tobacco retailers on the importance of asking for and checking identification of anyone purchasing tobacco.

If you feel there has been a breach of the Acts, we will investigate your complaint.

Complaints can be about:

  • smoking in workplaces
  • smoking in all hospitality venues
  • smoking in schools and early childhood centres
  • the sale of toy smoking products
  • the sale and supply of tobacco and herbal smoking products to people under 18
  • the sale and supply of chewing tobacco
  • the retail display of tobacco products
  • the advertising of tobacco products
  • the sale of e-cigarettes

You can read more about, and view the full Smokefree Environment Act on the Ministry of Health website. You can also download pamphlets from the HealthEd website.