Sports clubs and sports facilities have a lot to gain from adopting and enforcing and tobacco-free policy prohibiting the use, sale and promotion of any type of tobacco product within a stadium environment
A well enforced tobacco control policy protects fans, staff, players and guests from the acute health hazards of exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as guarding against potential fire hazards, lowering cleaning costs and de-normalising any remaining association between sport and tobacco.
Although the benefits of a tobacco-free stadium policy are now well acknowledged, many clubs and stadium operators are disempowered by a lack of robust national legislation preventing smoking in enclosed and semi-enclosed spaces.
However, even in counties with weaker tobacco control laws that do not apply to stadium setting, stadium operators have the right to go beyond legislation by integrating a strict smoke-free or tobacco-free policy into a stadium’s ground regulations.
To assist clubs and stadium operators in the development of a tobacco control policy we have developed Tobacco-Free Stadia Guidance available to download for free:
In addition, we have also developed a Tobacco-Free Stadia Short Guide which is aimed at executive level decision makers, and is available for download in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language.
We have also developed a simple Enforcement Training Module to help train frontline staff such as stewards, security personnel and volunteers as part of an integrated enforcement plan.
A hugely successful Tobacco-Free Policy was implemented at UEFA EURO 2016 in France – a country with relatively weak tobacco control laws. Click the link below to download the case study:
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