Sport and recreation organizations play a vital role in the health and wellness of our community. Children and youth model their behaviour after the people they look up to – coaches, leaders, family, and peers. Tobacco use counters the health benefits gained by participating in sport and recreational activities. It is important for youth to receive the same tobacco-free messages at their local sport or recreation activities as they experience at school and in the wider community.
The Port Perry Minor Softball Association recognizes that there is ample research demonstrating the health hazards caused by the use of tobacco products, including smoking, smokeless tobacco and breathing second-hand smoke, and understand our responsibility to the participants of our program to model and promote tobacco-free lifestyles.
We stress to coaches, officials, parents, spectators, and all others involved, the importance of maintaining a tobacco-free environment while interacting with young people.
All games, practices, tournaments, clinics, and other events approved by our organization will be tobacco-free. Tobacco free means there will be no smoking, snuffing, dipping, or chewing tobacco by players, coaches, parents, spectators, and officials on the field or in the spectator area of the ball field during any event sponsored or endorsed by Port Perry Minor Softball Association.
This policy will take effect for the 2009 softball season.
We will promote the tobacco-free policy
We will reinforce the tobacco-free policy at all our activities by: