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Sarnia Legionnaires Develop Tobacco-Free Policy

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sarnia, ON - The Sarnia Legionnaires Junior B Hockey Club has shut out tobacco use.

The Legionnaires have created a tobacco-free sport policy banning the use of any type of tobacco product by players, coaches, leaders, and volunteers while representing the organization.

"Whether you're an athlete, a fan, or community resident, we all know the harmful effects of tobacco use,” says Legionnaires' forward Brendan Shagena. "The policy sets a great example, not just for young hockey players, but for the community, that we're serious about getting rid of tobacco use."

Lambton Public Health encourages other sports, recreation organizations and teams in Lambton County to develop their own tobacco-free policy.

Ashlyn Brown, Health Promoter at Lambton Public Health, says "A tobacco-free policy sends a clear message the organization values health and wellness and supports a tobacco-free lifestyle."

"The Legionnaires' policy recognizes players as role models and leaders in our community and that will help prevent youth from starting tobacco products and perform at their best."

Project partner, Dr. Jennifer Thomm of Great Lakes Dental, sees firsthand the destructive effects of tobacco use.

"Users must know they risk more than developing oral cancer. Tobacco causes bad breath, gum disease, oral lesions and tooth discolouration. Using tobacco is not a harmless activity; the consequences to your oral health can be long-term and severe."

Lambton Public Health and the Sarnia Legionnaires are holding "Tobacco-Free Night" at the Legionnaires' game on Thursday, February 4.

For more information about tobacco-free sports, visit or


Please contact:

Ashlyn Brown
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
519-344-2062 x 2141