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Why and how you can implement a smoke-free policy at your sporting or recreational organisation
The Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 was renamed the Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products Act 1997 as of 31 March 2019 and includes changes to the laws relating to smoking. For more information, go to the Smoking, the rules and regulations page.
A policy guide for sporting and recreation organisations (PDF 2207KB) has been developed in response to an increasing demand from the general public, club members and families who want to enjoy recreation and sporting events without being affected by other people’s smoke.
This guide includes:
Remember, your policy is not a personal attack on smokers. The issue is not whether people smoke but where they smoke, therefore minimising the effect their smoking has on the health of others.
A smoke-free policy will specify your organisation's position on smoke-free areas.
Your policy must identify:
Before the meeting, provide as much background information as possible to your committee members on passive smoking and its legal implications.
Use the sample policy example provided on page 7 in the A policy guide for sporting and recreation organisations (PDF 2207KB)
Obtain committee endorsement of the policy
Submit the draft policy to your committee for approval.
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.
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.
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.
Non-smoking stickers and signage are available from SA Health's Health Protection Operations. For downloadable versions, see the Tobacco signage page.
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.
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: