Kindys mark World Smokefree May

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Oamaru kindergartens are doing their bit to help curb smoking.
Edna McCulloch Kindergarten, Holmes Kindergarten and Glen Warren Kindergarten all recently participated in the Little Lungs _ Pukahukahu Iti workshop, which focused on the Government’s plan for a smokefree New Zealand by 2025, myths about smoking, second-hand smoke facts and ways to engage parents to encourage them to stop smoking and keep their cars and homes smokefree.
To start World Smokefree May for 2016, the three kindergartens are hosting a fun event for their children and families.
Professional story teller Kaitrin McMullan, based in Dunedin, will visit each of the kindergartens and tell the children a story about clean air, healthy lungs and healthy bodies.
Some will also visit a smokefree playground, take part in a balloon release, or plant trees and children and their families will be given smokefree resources.
Oamaru Kindergarten Association general manager Julie Craig said sending a smokefree message to children and their families was an important part of the learning process.
“We are happy to support Smokefree May to help raise awareness of this very important issue. Our involvement in this day will provide information and awareness to our children and families.”WellSouth health promotion specialist Sophie Carty said children of all ages could benefit from a smoke-free household.
“Parents, whanau and caregivers can make positive changes to the environment children are growing up in, even if they smoke. Not smoking around children and keeping the house and car smokefree is … a step in the right direction to protecting their children.”This year’s World Smokefree Day on May 31 aims to encourage and support people across New Zealand to quit, and create environments where children are free from exposure to tobacco.