This position statement is consistent with those of Nelson Marlborough, West Coast, South Canterbury, and Southern District Health Boards (DHB). This position statement has been developed collaboratively by the South Island Public Health Units and represents the South Island DHBs working together to support the South Island to be a place where Smokefree lifestyles are the norm and harm from and exposure to tobacco smoke is minimised.
The purpose of this statement is to describe the commitment of the Canterbury DHB to the Government’s goal of a Smokefree Aotearoa New Zealand by 2025 and the strategies to achieve this. This goal was determined at a national level in response to the 2011 Māori Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the tobacco industry and the effects of tobacco on Māori. This position statement is informed by the Smokefree Aotearoa/New Zealand 2025 logic model (Appendix A) and aligns with the Canterbury DHB’s Tobacco Control Plan.