Play, Live, Be Tobacco-Free - Policy

The Simcoe County Cup Student Sports Council is committed to providing a healthy 
environment for participants, volunteers and spectators involved with our organization. We recognize that there is significant evidence demonstrating the negative health impacts of tobacco use and exposure (including second-hand smoke from the use of tobacco indoors and exposure to drifting smoke outdoors) and that no level of tobacco exposure is safe. We also recognize that children and youth gain positive images of tobacco use when they see role-models, leaders and individuals that they respect using tobacco. 

We believe that sports is a healthy activity that promotes physical activity and healthy living. Players, coaches and volunteers involved in our organization have a responsibility to model positive health behaviour with regard to tobacco use. 

Activities including but not limited to games, tournaments, competitions, practices, training sessions, events (e.g., fundraising) and other performances sanctioned by our organization will be tobacco-free.
Definition: Tobacco-free means that the use of tobacco by players/participants, coaches/leaders, parents/caregivers, spectators and officials is prohibited during all activities sanctioned or engaged in by 
our organization. Tobacco products include: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, cigarillos, tobacco chew, plug, or snuff, snus, hookah, bidis and kreteks.

The Simcoe County Cup tobacco-free policy will apply to all activities including, but not limited to games, tournaments, competitions, practices, training sessions, events (e.g., fundraising) and 
other performances sanctioned by our organization. Locations for each of these activities will vary, however our policy will apply to all locations while any Simcoe County Cup sanctioned activity is ongoing. 

We will promote the tobacco-free policy at all our activities by:
  • Providing a copy of the policy and explaining it to coaching staff. Coaching staff will explain the policy to parents/caregivers. 
  • Reviewing and sharing the policy with others organizations/groups who may attend or participate in our activities.
  • Including the policy in all orientation and information packages provided to coaches, officials, players, members, volunteers and teams/organizations attending or participating in our activities and/or using our facilities.
  • Making the policy visible throughout the year using various channels/opportunities including information on our website, banners/signage at events and encouraging coaches and all players to promote a tobacco-free lifestyle.
We will encourage adherence to the tobacco-free policy to ensure that all those attending and participating in any Simcoe County Cup events has access to a tobacco-free environment. 

We will use the following steps to encourage adherence of our policy:
  1. Post signs about our policy where our activities take place, using signs, banners and include in information materials available at the activity.
  2. Encourage our coaches, players/members, officials and volunteers to respectfully remind individuals using tobacco at Simcoe County Cup events about the tobacco-free policy.
  3. Provide one verbal explanation of our policy to individuals who do not follow the policy.
This policy will be reviewed by the Simcoe County Cup Student Sports Council Executive Committee annually.
Policy Approved: May 1, 2013

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