Share:
 

POLICY - SMOKEFREE - QUIT 

 

RATIONALE

Legislation and the legal duty of care provide clear reasons to have a completely smokefree Club. Going completely smokefree will help our Club comply with these responsibilities and provide a healthier Club environment. 

  • The Tobacco Act 1987 (VIC): bans smoking within 10 metres of an outdoor public sporting venue during an all organised sporting event or training session. Playgrounds are also now permanently smokefree. In addition as of 1 August 2017 it is illegal to use electronic cigarettes in legislated smokefree areas.

  • Common Law: the club has a legal duty to ensure that employees, volunteers, members, spectators, players, officials and visitors are not exposed to potentially harmful situations.

  • Role Modelling: can have a significant impact on the junior members of the club. A smokefree policy can make smoking less visible and less socially acceptable, whilst creating a healthier and more attractive environment for new members and sponsors.

  • Effects on Others: Second-hand smoke is considered irritating and harmful to the health of other people, even when outdoors. Children may be at risk of swallowing discarded cigarette butts, which may cause symptoms of nicotine poisoning such as vomiting.

  • Smokefree Areas: may support people who are trying to quit or reduce their cigarette consumption. They also help reduce cigarette butt litter and reduce fire risks.

Accordingly, the following smokefree policy has been developed by The North Metro Cricket Association and adopted by Donath Cricket Club.

 

 

WHO IS AFFECTED BY THE POLICY 

This policy applies to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players, spectators, visitors and volunteers of the Donath Cricket Club always. 

 

TIMING 

The policy is effective from 01/09/2018.

 

 

SMOKEFREE AREAS 

Donath Cricket Club requires the entire area of all sporting grounds and facilities under its use to be smokefree. 

This includes: 

  • All indoor areas (Victorian legislation states that enclosed workplaces must be smokefree),
  • All outdoor playing/training/dining/drinking areas,
  • Spectator viewing areas

 

Where possible, the smokefree status of our Club will be clearly signed at the entrance to, and within all the Club grounds. 

The smokefree status of the Club will be promoted in Club materials from time to time. 

 

 

POSITION ON ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES 

Electronic cigarettes may be harmful to users and to those exposed to second-hand vapour. 

In addition, the use of electronic cigarettes may give children and young adults the impression that smoking is a normal or desirable behaviour. 

This policy therefore applies to both electronic cigarettes and traditional cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are not permitted to be used in any of the smokefree areas referred to in this policy. 

 

 

SUPPORTING MEMBERS WHO SMOKE 

Donath Cricket Club may on occasion promote smoking cessation resources such as the Quitline on club materials. 

 

FOLLOWING THE POLICY 

There is strong community support for banning smoking at public places regularly attended by children. This means most people will voluntarily comply with the smoking ban and expect others to do so. Please note that committee members and volunteers will not be expected to enforce the new policy and may not be empowered to do so, although they may still approach someone who is not following the policy. 

When approaching a person who is smoking in a non-smoking area: 

  1. Assume that the person is unaware of the policy

  2. Politely ask them to refrain from smoking and remind them about the smokefree policy.

 

SALE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Donath Cricket Club will not sell tobacco products. 

 

 

POLICY REVIEW 

This policy will be reviewed six months after its introduction and then on an annual basis thereafter.  This will ensure that the policy remains current and practical.