- Certification of health care services
- Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act
- Human Tissue Act
- Medicines control
- Medical examination of children
- Psychoactive substances
- Smokefree law
Smokefree legislation applies to schools, early childhood centres, retailers, licensed premises, sports clubs and all employers.
Aims of the smokefree law
The aims are to:
- protect all workers and the public from second-hand smoke
- reduce the harm caused to individuals by their smoking
- further restrict minors’ (under 18) access to smoking products and prevent negative influences on young people
- further promote a smokefree (auahi kore) lifestyle as the norm.
Smokefree law sets out to achieve these aims by:
- limiting the marketing, advertising and promotion of tobacco products
- protecting people from the poisons in second-hand smoke by making it illegal to smoke indoors in public areas and workplaces.
The following places must be smokefree at all times:
- the buildings and grounds of schools and early childhood centres
- indoor areas of licensed premises and workplaces – ‘licensed premises’ includes bars, restaurants, cafés, sports clubs and casinos, ‘workplaces’ includes offices, factories, warehouses, work canteens and ‘smoko’ rooms.
Making a complaint
To make a complaint under smokefree law, you will need to contact a smoke-free environment officer. Contact numbers can be found at Smokefree complaints.
Questions and answers regarding the 2003 smokefree legislation amendment
For the smokefree legislation 2003 amendment act, the following downloads are available and separated into sections. They provide information about the changes affecting different people.
- Part 1: Smoke-free Environments (PDF, 189 KB)
- Part 2: Regulation of Smoking Products (PDF, 131 KB)
- Part 3: Enforcement Powers (PDF, 124 KB)
- Part 4: Background Rationale for the Smoke-free Law (PDF, 118 KB)
- regulates smokefree workplaces and public areas
- regulates the marketing, advertising and promotion of tobacco products
- monitors and regulates the presence of harmful constituents in tobacco products and tobacco smoke.
The Smoke-free Environments Regulations 2007 regulations set out the labelling requirements for retail packages of cigarettes and other tobacco products, including the requirements for graphic pictorial health warnings.
In this section
- This section outlines how to pay or dispute your smoke-free infringement notice. Read more
- Graphic pictorial health warnings appear on all tobacco packages sold in New Zealand.The regulations, which were passed in February 2007, saw 30 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of cigarette packets covered by graphic health warnings. Read more
- The Smoke-free Environments Act (the Act) was passed in 1990. Read more
- Changes to smokefree law as a result of the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act 2003. Read more
- Table of provisions and commencement dates for changes under the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act 2003. Read more
- Changes to New Zealand's smokefree law have implications for schools and early childhood centres (EECs), retailers, licensed premises, sports clubs and all employers. The documents on this page provide information about the changes affecting each group. Read more
- The Smoke-free Environments Amendment Act 2003 was first introduced to Parliament by Tukoroirangi Morgan, MP, in 1999. Judy Keall, MP, introduced the Supplementary Order Paper (No. 148), which made a number of significant changes to the Bill in 2001. Steve Chadwick, MP subsequently took charge of the Bill. Read more
- Complaints relating to the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 or Smoke-free Environments Regulations 2007 should be addressed to a Smoke-free Enforcement Officer. Read more