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What is Tobacco-Free Sport & Recreation?

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Tobacco-free sports and recreation means that everyone taking part in a sport or recreational activity does not use tobacco products. It also means participants, spectators, coaches and leaders do not smoke, or use snuff, dip, or chew tobacco while engaged in the activities of your organization.

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The Sarnia Sting

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) has banned the use of all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco at all OHL events. This includes practices, game situations and travel to or from games.
"The OHL has a strict tobacco policy, which we as an organization believe firmly in. The health and welfare of our players is a primary concern for us as an organization. We’re excited to partner with Lambton Public Health on this initiative, and encourage young members of our community to live a tobacco-free lifestyle." – President, Bill Abercrombie.

The Sarnia Legionnaires

The Sarnia Legionnaires declared, established and maintained a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and/or holding lit tobacco and electronic cigarette products, consuming or using any tobacco products (e.g., chewing tobacco), or any imitation tobacco products is prohibited at any time while representing the Sarnia Legionnaires 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 also the community. It shows we're serious about getting rid of tobacco use."

Why tobacco-free?

  • Prevent youth from starting to use tobacco products.
  • Tobacco-free sporting areas protect athletes, coaches, spectators, staff and volunteers from second-hand smoke.
  • Smoking affects an athlete's performance, endurance, heart rate and breathing.
  • Helps smokers quit. Smoke-free environments offer fewer chances to use tobacco.
  • Smokeless tobacco - known as chew, spit, dip, snuff and snus, is popular among athletes. Regardless of its name smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.

Resources for Coaches and Sports Organizations

Tobacco-free Pledge Form
Tobacco-Free Sports and Recreation Fact Sheet
Sample Tobacco-Free Policy
Play, Live, Be Tobacco-Free