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ECE Smokefree Challenge 2019

Quit smoking for our tamariki - ECE Smokefree Challenge

Our tamariki are a precious taonga, let’s help protect them from the harmful effects of smoking and enable our tamariki to live smokefree lives.

Second hand smoke is harmful, and children’s habits mimic what others do.  One in 10 children are exposed to second-hand smoke in their home, and children are seven times more likely to become a daily smoker if they have a parent who smokes.  Role modelling smokefree to our tamariki means they're more likely to live smokefree lives.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) services are required by law to ensure areas used by children are smokefree.  ECE staff and whānau can also influence our tamariki to live smokefree lives by leading by example and being smokefree themselves.

The New Zealand Government has recently announced plans for a new law that will see smoking and vaping banned in cars when children under 18 are present.

World Smokefree Day on Friday 31 May is the perfect time for ECEs to support staff and whānau to choose a smokefree lifestyle. 

To celebrate, our region’s free stop smoking support services, Hāpainga (Bay of Plenty) and Tipu Ora (Lakes), are providing those who sign up to quit* in April and May the chance to win individual prizes and resources for your ECE.

ECE Smokefree Challenge:

Sign up an ECE team of three or more staff and/or whānau to win:

  • $50 voucher for all individuals who successfully quit

  • Up to $500 towards ECE resources

  • Spot prizes and vouchers

*quit smoking means they are 'smokefree' four weeks after their set quit date

ECE Smokefree Challenge - Lakes Region:

ECE Smokefree Challenge - Bay of Plenty Region:


World Smokefree Day Resources

To promote World Smokefree Day at your ECE, share these posters and video links below and visit the Smokefree website for more resources:


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