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
• 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.