Smoke Free Ontario Act Changes Impacting Sporting Areas
As of January 1, 2015, smoking is prohibited at publicly-owned outdoor sporting areas, spectator areas, sporting areas and public areas within 20 meters of any point of the edge of the sport or spectator areas. Sporting areas includes but is not limited to those used for: soccer, football, basketball, tennis, baseball, softball, cricket, skating, beach volleyball, swimming and skateboarding. Coaches and sports organizations are important role models for youth, and what you do and say about tobacco, impacts on how youth think about tobacco and its use. Click here to download a letter about the changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and tobacco-free role modeling for you to use or share with your coaches. Click here to download Sporting Area Fact Sheet for Coaches
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
The SMAA Girls Fastball organization is committed to providing a healthy environment for participants, volunteers and spectators involved with our organization. We recognize that there is significant evidence demonstrating the negative health impacts of tobacco use and exposure (including second-hand smoke from the use of tobacco indoors and exposure to drifting smoke outdoors) and that no level of tobacco exposure is safe. We also recognize that children and youth gain positive images of tobacco use when they see role-models, leaders and individuals that they respect using tobacco.
We believe that Fastball is a sport that promotes physical activity and healthy living. Players, coaches and volunteers involved in the SMAA Girls Fastball organization have a responsibility to model positive health behaviour with regard to tobacco use.
Activities including but not limited to games, tournaments, competitions, practices, training sessions, events (e.g., fundraising) and other performances sanctioned by our organization will be tobacco-free. Definition: Tobacco-free means that the use of tobacco by players/ participants, coaches/leaders, parents/caregivers, spectators and officials is prohibited during all activities sanctioned or engaged in by our organization. Tobacco products include: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, cigarillos, tobacco chew, plug, or snuff, snus, hookah, bidis and kreteks.
SCOPE AND LOCATION
The SMAA Girls Fastball tobacco-free policy will apply to all activities including, but not limited to games, tournaments, competitions, practices, training sessions, events (e.g., fundraising) and other performances sanctioned by our organization. Locations for each of these activities will vary, however our policy will apply to all locations while the SMAA Girls Fastball sanctioned activity is ongoing. Thank-you for your co-operation in this matter. SMAA Girls Fastball