Re­gional games to be smoke-free

The Compass - - SPORTS -

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.

Stip­u­la­tion

“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.

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