What It Means

Play, Live, Be Tobacco-Free is a public education campaign that reminds us that most people taking part in a sport or recreational activity do not use tobacco products. Participants, parents, coaches, spectators and leaders do not smoke, snuff, dip or chew tobacco while taking part in sports and recreation.

Why Tobacco-Free Sports and Recreation is Important

  •  Prevents youth from starting to use tobacco
     industry products
  •  Gives everyone a chance to perform at their best
  •  Protects the environment
  •  Protects against second-hand smoke
  •  Helps smokers quit
  •  Creates a tobacco-free culture

New Outdoor Spaces Legislation

In 2015, the Ontario government passed legislation to revise the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. This new law banned smoking in many outdoor spaces, including publicly owned sports and recreation areas, children’s playgrounds and splashpads, and a 20-metre buffer zone around these properties.

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Making Healthier Choices Act

Recently the Ontario government passed the Making Healthier Choices Act (Bill 45), which will protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and the potential harms of electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes.

Click here to read the Act.

More Information

The Non-Smokers' Rights Association has created a database of municipal by-laws addressing smoke-free spaces. Search this database to see what other municipalities are doing.

Are you a coach or youth group leader? Want to know more about how to develop and pass policies in your sport or recreation organization? We have information that can help you!