Why every club should have a Smoking Management Policy
There is no place for smoking at a local sporting club. Community clubs, and indeed any sporting organisation or facility, should be promoters of health and wellbeing.
A Smoking Management Policy helps your club to provide duty of care. It means that you’re looking out for the health and safety of your members, volunteers and visitors.
A policy will also help you to enforce any non-smoking laws that might affect your club.
Not convinced? Here’s 5 more reasons why the butt should stop at your local club.
- Second hand smoke
Environmental or second-hand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard that non-smokers deserve to be protected from. Plenty of scientific evidence backs up the claim that second-hand smoke is a health threat to non-smokers, with the potential to increase the risk of respiratory problems, heart disease, heart attacks and cancer.
A smoke-free environment is the best way to provide effective protection from second-hand smoke for your members, guests and volunteers.
For many young people, a local sporting club is a place to learn valuable lessons and ‘learn the ropes’. Players, coaches and spectators are not just club leaders; they are community role-models.
By banning smoking at your local sporting club, or creating smoke-free areas, you will help to make smoking less visible and acceptable. This can directly contribute to a reduced uptake of smoking among young people in your community.
- Support those trying to quit
Smoke-free areas are not only beneficial for non-smokers, they also support smokers who are trying to quit.
By making smoking less of a social outlet at your club and making it more difficult for smokers to access smoking areas, there will be less incentive to ‘light up.’
- Reduce litter
Putting in place outdoor smoke-free areas helps to reduce the amount of cigarette butt litter at your local club. With designated smoking areas in place, litter is confined to a smaller area and can be better controlled with ash trays and bins.
With reduced litter, there is a reduced fire risk and children are less likely to pick up and swallow discarded butts.
- Community leader
As community leaders, local sporting clubs have a responsibility to promote healthy behavior to members and guests.
A Smoke Free Policy is evidence that your club cares about community members. This can help to attract new members and positively promote your club in the community.