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Smokefree South - supporting a smokefree / auahi kore future

Tobacco smoking is a major public health problem and is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New Zealand. It results in almost 5,000 deaths every year, killing two thirds of those who smoke.

Smokefree South is supportive of the Smokefree 2025 goal.  Information on the 2025 goal can be found here.

The goal is driven by a vision that families, whānau are entitled:

  • to be well
  • to enjoy long life
  • to be free of chronic illness and
  • our children and grandchildren will be free from tobacco and live smokefree lives.

Smokefree South aims to reduce the impact and incidence of tobacco related harm by:

  • increasing the number of people giving stopping smoking a go
  • reducing the number of young people starting smoking
  • working with councils to increase the number of smokefree spaces
  • helping organisations like workplaces, education settings, sports clubs and marae to create a smokefree culture
  • encouraging smokefree homes and cars
  • enforcing smokefree rules and regulations under the Smokefree Environments Act 1990.

Smokefree South are members of the following three coalitions who promote smokefree people and places across Otago and Southland:

  • Smokefree Otago
  • Smokefree Murihiku
  • Smokefree Queenstown Lakes / Central Otago.

Smoke-free Enforcement

Supporting Compliance with Legislation

The purposes of the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 (the Act) are to:

  • reduce the exposure of people to second hand smoke and
  • regulate the marketing, advertising, and promotion of tobacco so that people are discouraged from using tobacco products, encouraged to stop smoking,  and helped to stay smokefree.

Smokefree Environments Act 1990

Role of the Smoke-free Enforcement Officers

Designated staff at Public Health South work on behalf of the Ministry of Health to ensure the legislation is followed.  Smoke-free Enforcement Officers visit tobacco retailers, workplaces and licensed premises to remind them of their legal responsibilities and support them to be compliant under the Act.  They are available for any enquiries regarding the laws around smokefree laws.

Smokefree Enforcement Officers contact details

Complaints and Enquiries

If you are concerned about any of the following, please get in touch with us:

  • selling tobacco products to people under the age of 18 (including online)
  • displaying or advertising tobacco products (including online)
  • selling single cigarettes or less than 30g of loose tobacco (including online)
  • smoking inside workplaces (including work vehicles) or
  • smoking inside licensed premises.

Please phone Public Health South or fill out an online form if you want to speak to a Smoke-free Enforcement Officer. 

Southern District Health Board Pēpi-Pod Programme

The Southern District Health Board Pēpi-Pod Programme aims to reduce the rates of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and encourage the spread of safe sleep messages.

The Pēpi-Pod is a portable sleep space for babies who are most at risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and provides protection from accidental suffocation in places such as adult beds, couches and other places where your baby may be sleeping.

The 4 key messages this programme aims to spread are:

  • babies sleep on their back
  • with airways clear
  • in their own bed
  • with carer near.


Criteria to receive a Southern District Health Board funded Pēpi-Pod is attached as a document below. Referral for a Pēpi-Pod can be made by filling in the referral form below and sending it through to 


Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Procedures / Treatments

  • Stop Smoking Services - Why Should I use a Stop Smoking Service?

    Stopping smoking can be really difficult to do on your own.… More


    The Southern Stop Smoking Service offers FREE face-to-face support to stop smoking with seven coaches operating across Otago and Southland.  They provide free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gum, lozenges) to support people on their journey to becoming smokefree.  Referrals can be made the following ways:… More

  • What can I Expect From the Southern Stop Smoking Service?

    All the coaches are trained stop smoking professionals and will offer you structured support on preparing to stop, stopping and staying smokefree. More

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Monitor

    When you smoke a cigarette you take CO and loads of toxins into your body.  CO is really damaging as it takes away oxygen from you which you need to be healthy.  If you are pregnant and smoke, then your baby gets that CO as well and that can be… More

  • Preparing to Stop Smoking

    If you are getting ready to stop smoking, your coach can give you information and advice on how best to prepare yourself, including information about what medications will best suit you if you choose to use any.… More

  • Stopping Smoking

    Your coach will work alongside you to help you set a date to stop smoking.… More

  • Staying Smokefree

    Your coach can work with you on changing your routines (that in the past were created around smoking), triggers, managing stressful situations and cravings. More

  • Your Smokefree Future

    In your final meetings with your coach you will be able to look to a smokefree future and what supports are available if needed.… More


    Quitline is New Zealand’s national stop smoking service and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help people become smokefree.… More

  • While in Hospital

    Your doctor, nurse and other health professionals will ask you about whether you smoke or not.  If you do smoke they can arrange Nicotine Replacement Therapy for you during your hospital stay.  They can also arrange an appointment with the local stop smoking coach when you are back home. More

  • Visiting Your Medical Centre

    Your GP or Practice Nurse will ask you about whether you smoke or not.  If you do smoke they can arrange Nicotine Replacement Therapy for you and arrange an appointment with the local stop smoking coach. More

  • Why can it be so Hard to Stop Smoking?

    Cigarettes contain nicotine and around 4,000 toxic chemicals.  People continue to smoke because they become dependent on, or addicted to, nicotine.… More


    The approved stop smoking medicines that are funded and available in New Zealand are:… More

  • Nicotine Patch

    21mg, 14mg, 7mg – to meet individual needs.
    Using it:… More

  • Nicotine Gum

    4mg and 2mg – to meet individual needs.
     Using it:… More

  • Nicotine Lozenge

    2mg and 1 mg – to meet individual needs.
     Using it:… More

  • Nicotine Mouth Spray

    150 x 1mg doses per dispenser.
     Using it:

    The spray releases a 1mg liquid dose of nicotine into the mouth.… More

  • Nicotine Inhalator

    15 mg inhalator
     Using it:

    The plastic mouthpiece comes with nicotine cartridges which are changed at regular intervals.… More

  • Varenicline Pfizer (previously Champix)

    Using it:

    Oral tablet.
    You can start by taking Varenicline Pfizer for at least one week before you stop smoking or stop smoking between 8 and 35 days of using Varenicline Pfizer.… More

  • Zyban (Bupropion)

    Using it:

    Oral tablet.
    7-12 week course.

    Good points:

    Easy to use.… More

  • Norpress (Nortriptyline)

    Using it:

    Oral tablet.
    12 week course.

     Good points:

    Easy to use.… More


    There are so many health benefits to not smoking, and they start pretty much the moment you decide to ditch the cigarettes!… More


    A lit cigarette is like a little toxic waste dump on fire, giving out health-endangering smoke.  It affects the people around you, especially children. … More


    If you smoke you will know that it is very, very expensive!  Someone who smokes a pack a day is probably spending just over $200 a week on cigarettes. … More

Contact Details


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Postal Address

Public Health South
Private Bag 1921
Dunedin 9054

Public Health South
PO Box 1601
Invercargill 9840

Public Health South
PO Box 2180
Queenstown 9349

This page was last updated at 12:10PM on March 8, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Smokefree South.