Tobaccofree Sports Stadia: European Policies and Guidance
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European Healthy Stadia Network, UK
Submission date: 2016-03-30
Acceptance date: 2016-03-31
Publication date: 2016-03-31
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Matthew Philpott   

European Healthy Stadia Network, UK, 151 Dale Street, L2 2JH Liverpool, United Kingdom
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2016;2(April Supplement):17
Over 20 million people – including many children and young people - attend professional football matches across Europe each week, with many more attending other professional and amateur sports fixtures. The vast majority of European sports venues take place in semi-enclosed structures with roofed stands, and yet there are still very low levels of smokefree and tobaccofree policies in operation. Building on research findings that only 10 out of UEFA’s 54 European countries have football stadia that operate tobaccofree policies, Healthy Stadia has worked with UEFA and World Heart Federation to develop new guidance materials for clubs, multi-purpose stadium operators and governing bodies of sport to assist in the development and enforcement of strong tobacco control policies. This presentation will give a benchmark of current policies in place, support offered through the new guidance materials, and advice on how sports organisations can go beyond national tobacco control legislation to implement tobaccofree policies.
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