|31 May 2012|
Harbour Town Adelaideâ€™s efforts to reduce exposure to passive smoking by implementing a smoking ban have been awarded at the SA Health Smoke-free Air Awards 2012 announced this morning.
Coinciding with World No Tobacco Day, Harbour Town received the Excellence in Leadership and Innovation award for providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for its customers.
â€śIt is no secret that second-hand smoke or passive smoking causes problems for people, and since Harbour Town went smoke-free last December, we have been improving the health of children and families in our community,â€ť Harbour Town Adelaide Centre Manager Mrs Tania Rucioch says.
â€śOur smoke-free policy has received overwhelming support from the community and we have had very few incidences of people smoking inside our centre, and those who were smoking were more than happy to do their bit and butt-out,â€ť Tania says.
Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the Hon John Hill said, Harbour Townâ€™s focus on providing a family-friendly environment had been enhanced by its smoke-free policy.
â€śThe centreâ€™s no smoking ban was an early Christmas present for the 45,000 shoppers who visit Harbour Town Adelaide every week. Thank you, Harbour Town, for demonstrating strong leadership in this area.â€ť
Heart Foundation Chief Executive Dr Amanda Rischbieth also congratulated Harbour Town for its Smoke-free Air Award.
â€śSmoke-free areas including retail precincts not only protect people from second-hand smoke but also aid in supporting smokers who are trying to reduce or give up smokingâ€ť she said.
Harbour Town erected signage around the centre in October 2011 to give shoppers advance notice of the incoming ban and butt-bins inside the mall were removed when to ban was implemented. The SA Health Smoke-free Air Awards publicly recognise and celebrate the achievements of organisations that have made an exceptional contribution to increasing outdoor smoke-free environments in South Australia.
Harbour Town is Australiaâ€™s home of outlet shopping stocking big brands such as Cue, Tony Bianco, Lorna Jane, Bendon, Royal Doulton, Simone Perele, Sheridan, Globalize, JAG and Smiggle. Conveniently located only 15 minutes from the city and 10 minutes from Glenelg at 727 Tapleys Hill Road, parking is free.