Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation


Tobacco free sport and recreation

Tobacco free sport and recreation means that everyone taking part in a sport or recreation activity including volunteers, participants, coaches, officials, spectators and parents, do not use any form of tobacco. Organizations can develop tobacco free policies and municipalities can implement smoke-free by-laws that include outdoor spaces.


Why is tobacco free sport and recreation important?

Sport and recreation organizations play a vital role in the health and wellness of our community. A tobacco free policy provides an important message about being tobacco free to individuals who are part of your organization. There are 6 main benefits that are achieved when sport and recreation organizations go tobacco free:

  1. Preventing youth from starting to use tobacco industry products
  2. Protecting the environment
  3. Community wide protection for children
  4. Giving everyone a chance to perform at their best
  5. Creating a tobacco free culture
  6. Helping smokers quit

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Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces:

On August 19, 2011 at a regular Board of Health meeting for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, the Board passed Resolution 2011-78. This resolution RESOLVED THAT the Board of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit recommends the County of Bruce and the County of Grey develop and adopt a by-law banning smoking:

In all county and municipally-owned or operated parks, playgrounds, and sports fields including spectator areas, on beaches, and at entrances and exits from all county and municipally owned or operated buildings, and on all patios where food or drink is sold.

Support for smoke free outdoor spaces in Grey Bruce is at an all-time high - ranging from 72% - 92% support.



Rate ± 95% Confidence Interval

Number of Valid Cases

Support for Smoke-free Public Playgrounds

86.4% ± 2.6%

n =683

Support for Smoke-free Public Beaches

72.5% ± 3.3%

n = 705

Support for Smoke-free Public Sports Fields and Spectator Areas

82.3% ± 2.9%

>n = 675

Support for Smoke-free Doorways to Workplaces

>91.0% ± 2.1%

n = 678

Support for Smoke-free Outdoor Public Patios

92.2% ± 2.0%

n = 686


Works Cited

RRFSS Working Group. (n.d.). History. Retrieved June 25, 2010, from
RRFSS—Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System:



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