Regional games to be smoke-free
Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister Clyde Jackman announced last week government intends to make all regional games in the province smoke-free.
The policy will likely be implemented before the upcoming Baccalieu Games that will take place in a number of Conception Bay Towns this August.
The minister said in keeping with the goals and objectives of the Provincial Recreation and Sports Strategy; Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador and Achieving Health and Wellness; the Provincial Wellness Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador, government is encouraging all communities across the province to establish and incorporate smoke-free outdoor recreation and sports area policies.
The Alliance for the Control of Tobacco and Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with the provincial government, has already supported more than 30 municipalities in the development and implementation of 100 per cent smoke-free policies for their outdoor recreation and sport facilities.
The town of Bay Roberts has recently been looking into a smoke-free policy for its public recreational facilities as well.
According to the minister,“three provincial sport organizations in the province have declared their sports smoke-free - soccer, softball and volleyball.”
The policy will also be applied in communities selected to host the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter and Summer Games.
“At this time, the Recreation and Sports Division of Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, is in the final stages of developing a how-to manual for communities interested in hosting a regional games event,” Jackman said in an April 2 press release.
The manual is scheduled to be released May 21 at the Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador’s Annual General Meeting. Copies will be distributed to the recreation commission and all municipalities.
Jackman said within those guidelines, there will be a stipulation noting that all outdoor recreation facilities and areas must be smoke-free.