Effective Date: May 17, 2010 Dated: May 17, 2010 Signature: Bob Collin Position: Acting President ________________________________________________________________________
Run Dufferin recognizes that there is ample research demonstrating the health hazards of the use of tobacco products, including smoking and the breathing of secondhand smoke. Running is a healthy sport and as such we have a responsibility to the participants and the community to demonstrate healthy choices. Run Dufferin has therefore developed this policy in the best interest of the health & safety of the participants and the general public.
Policy: All programs, races, training sessions, and events sanctioned by our organization will be tobacco-free. Tobacco free means no smoking, snuffing, dipping, or chewing tobacco by athletes, participants, coaches, board members, or spectators within 9 metres (30 ft.) of any Run Dufferin program/event.
We will promote the tobacco-free policy at all of our programs/events by:
Having coaches explain the policy to members and provide participants with a letter to review and share with others who may come to their programs/events.
Including the policy in the membership package provided to members every year so all new and returning members know about the policy from the start.
Making the policy visible throughout the year using various messages, including on the website, flyers to promote events/membership, banners/signs at events, and encouraging participants to promote an active, healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle.
We will reinforce the tobacco-free policy at all of our programs/events by:
Encouraging all members, participants, and spectators to respectfully remind someone using tobacco about the tobacco-free policy.
Consistently applying consequences with people who repeatedly break the policy. Repeated violations by members, family/friends, or spectators would result in a verbal or written warning from the Run Dufferin Board.
Following a written warning the individual violating the policy again would be banned from all Run Dufferin programs/events.
Click on logo to visit "play live be tobacco free" website to learn more.