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Tobacco-Free Sport & Recreation

Tobacco-Free Sports & Recreation logoTobacco-Free Sport and Recreation (TFSR) is a province-wide program supported and promoted at a local level by the Halton Region Health Department in partnership with sport and recreation organizations in Halton.

What is Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation?

  • Tobacco-free sport and recreation means everyone taking part in a sport or recreational activity does not use tobacco industry products External Link
  • It means participants, spectators, coaches and leaders do not smoke, snuff, dip, or chew tobacco while engaged in the activities of your organization

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Why Sports and Recreation?

  • Sport and recreation organizations play a vital role in the health and wellness of our community. 
  • Tobacco-Free Sports and Recreation programs create an environment where adults and young athletes become tobacco-free role models who send a powerful message to youth that tobacco is not part of healthy living.

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What are the benefits of Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation?

  • Giving everyone a chance to perform at their best
    Tobacco use goes against the health benefits gained by participating in sport and recreational activities.
  • Preventing youth from starting to use tobacco industry products
    Children and youth model their behaviour after the people they look up to – coaches, leaders, family, and peers.
  • Protecting the environment
    Cigarette butts are the main source of litter in communities and on beaches. It takes 15 years for a cigarette butt to biodegrade.
  • Protecting everyone from second-hand smoke
    There is no known safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, even outdoors.
  • Creating a tobacco-free culture
    It is important for youth to receive the same tobacco-free message at their local sport or recreation activities as they receive at school and in the wider community. 
  • Helping smokers quit
    • Smoker’s Helpline provides personal support and a community of quitters at your fingertips. Call 1-877-513-5333 or visit Smoker's Helpline External Link today for help.
    • At the Stop Smoking Clinic, a health professional will help you assess your lifestyle, understand why you smoke, set a quit date and choose a personalized method of quitting.

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Make your team, league and/or facility Tobacco-Free!

  • Start working on your tobacco-free policy today and send the message that the community supports and values being tobacco-free.
    • Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation Toolkit External LinkAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF)2.8MB
    • For help with developing and promoting a Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation policy/code of conduct, please contact the Halton Region Health Department at 905-825-6000 ext. 7693

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Where can I get more information about Tobacco-Free Sport and Recreation?

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