Submit the draft policy to your committee for approval.
Give members and patrons notice of policy changes as soon as possible
Use newsletters and noticeboards. The timing and manner of the introduction of your policy is crucial and should be clearly stated in policy documents. Don’t forget to notify and provide training for all staff and make sure staff, members and patrons know the starting date. Advance notice will avoid potential resistance to the changes, so it is best to give at least one month’s notice to let people become accustomed to the idea.
Decide what approach to take if someone opposes your policy or continues to smoke in a non-smoking area
Ensure that the policy has clearly stated enforcement procedures that are relatively easy to implement and enforce. Staff need to be trained to deal with these situations appropriately.
Label promotional material
To assist with compliance, consider including information about the smoke-free policy on advertising material, tickets, mail outs, entry forms, promotional flyers, programs etc. When a smoke-free policy is communicated effectively the majority of people are willing to comply.
Display non-smoking signs in prominent positions
Non-smoking stickers and signage are available from SA Health's Health Protection Operations. For downloadable versions, see the Tobacco signage page.
Review the policy
The policy should be reviewed six months after its introduction and then on an annual basis. This will ensure that the policy remains current and practical.
Promote the policy
The policy should be promoted to management, staff, members and patrons. Ensure that management and staff have copies of the policy.
Also remove all butt bins from non-smoking areas.
For further information on smoke-free venues, contact the Tobacco Control Unit, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia on:
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