No amount of exposure to tobacco smoke is safe. In fact, all forms of smoke are harmful (from tobacco, marijuana, and even electronic cigarettes). Adopting a smoke-free policy affirms a family-friendly atmosphere in a safer, healthier environment.
Both smokers and non-smokers can be helped by policies that restrict smoking and clearly designate smoking areas outside event gates. Guests who smoke will appreciate being supported by these policies, and community members will appreciate not being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Ban tobacco sponsorships in your event and limit tobacco use to designated smoking areas outside event gates. Transitioning to a smoke-free event can be aided by local community partners who champion reducing second-hand smoke.
- Replace tobacco sponsorships with a community collaborative, nonprofit or other type of business.
- Ban tobacco marketing.
- Eliminate tobacco-branded giveaways.
- Ban smoking except in designated smoking areas.
- Create designated smoking areas in highly visible locations outside event gates.
- Actively redirect all types of smoking to designated areas.
- Make sure all signage is bilingual to reflect the community.
- Provide training to staff, health ambassadors and volunteers in tobacco related problems and prevention.