Creating more smokefree places is a priority in the North Yorkshire Tobacco Control Strategy, and sports clubs across North Yorkshire are encouraged to become smokefree. This means members and visitors are asked to refrain from smoking indoors and outdoors, anywhere on site, including all playing fields, and in parked cars.
Being a smokefree sports club is not about unfairly targeting smokers. Rather, it is about promoting your sports club as a healthy and inclusive place, where the wellbeing of all, and particularly children and young people, is a priority. 84% of smokers start before the age of 19, meaning that taking up smoking is a decision made by children, but one that affects them and their loved ones for the rest of their lives.
Becoming a smokefree sports club means you are supporting Breathe 2025 http://breathe2025.org.uk/ a regional campaign with a vision for a smokefree generation by 2025.
What about e-cigarettes?
E-cigarettes are currently receiving a lot of attention, both in the media and amongst tobacco control professionals. There are a range of views and opinions regarding their use, and whether they should be treated in the same way as tobacco, or separately. Public Health England, the governmental body responsible for public health, estimates that using an e-cigarette is 95% less harmful than smoking a traditional cigarette. They have also acknowledged that e-cigarettes are a very popular way for smokers to quit. Regular use of e-cigarettes by children is rare: the vast majority of users are smokers who are trying to quit or cut down. Therefore, some smokefree organisations are treating e-cigarettes differently to cigarettes and permitting them to be used onsite, outdoors.
It is your decision whether to permit e-cigarettes onsite or to prohibit their use alongside cigarettes. The intention of smokefree sports clubs is to support smokers to quit, and therefore allowing ex-smokers to use e-cigarettes may help them quit tobacco for good.