Lisarow Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club
Tobacco smoking is a leading cause of preventable death and disease, resulting in over 5,000 deaths in NSW each year. Second-hand tobacco smoke is harmful to everyone, however children are particularly vulnerable. Children who breathe second-hand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma. In adults, breathing second-hand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer. There are a range of other health conditions that have been associated with second-hand smoke exposure.
Tobacco and second-hand tobacco smoke is also known to impair sporting performance by leading to reduced fitness, lower endurance, slower reaction time and impaired visual judgement.
Part 2 of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 requires all enclosed public places and various outdoor areas, including spectator areas at public sporting grounds, to be smoke-free. On the spot fines of $300 may apply to individuals who smoke in spectator areas at public sporting grounds during an organised sporting event.
As influential organisations in the NSW community, cricket clubs can help to protect the community from second-hand smoke and make smoking less visible to children. This policy supports Lisarow Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club as well as our members and guests, to adhere to the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000. It also creates a club environment that protects members from second-hand smoke and that is supportive of people wanting to quit.
This policy aims to ensure all players, officials and spectators are protected from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, and that we provide a sporting environment that makes smoking less visible to children and young people.
Lisarow Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for everyone involved in our activities, including protecting people from the harmful effects of tobacco. Lisarow Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club also recognises that role-modelling can have a significant impact on junior club members and is committed to role-modelling positive health behaviours.
As part of our commitment to the health and safety, players, officials and spectators will be encouraged to support the following:
1. Smoke-free areas:
• NSW legislation requires smoking to be banned during all organised sporting events. This includes pre-match and half-time games and entertainment that form part of the sporting event. Practice and training sessions are also considered organised sporting events for the purpose of the legislation.
• Smoke-free areas include:
- Enclosed public places, including public bathrooms, change-rooms, club houses and spectator areas
- Outdoor areas set aside for of being used by spectators to watch an organised sporting event (including practice or training sessions)
- Within 4 metres of an outdoor seated dining area
- Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment
2. Smoke-free signage:
• Where the club has means to do so, smoke-free areas will be clearly signed.
• The club will monitor the placement and prominence of smoke-free signage and apply to the local council for additional smoke-free signage when signage is unsatisfactory.
3. Tobacco and smoke-free information:
• The Smoke-Free Policy will be regularly communicated to club officials, coaches, trainers and members of the club via the club’s usual communication channels (e.g. member packs, newsletters, website, social media and notice boards).
• Players and their families will be informed about the Smoke-Free Policy when they apply for membership.
• Where possible, information about the harms of tobacco and second-hand smoke will be communicated to the club community through briefings or training sessions, newsletters, notice boards, online communications, enrolment and announcements during games.
4. Role modelling:
• All officials, coaches, trainers and adult members of the club are encouraged to act as positive role models for younger members by refraining from smoking at underage sporting events.
• If adult members of the club do choose to smoke during an underage sporting event they should:
- Not smoke in the presence of children.
- Ensure that second-hand smoke will not drift into smoke-free areas.
- Where possible, move to an area that is out of view before smoking.
5. Assistance for smokers to quit:
• Where possible, the club will promote smoking cessation resources to members and their families, such as including a reference to the Quitline (13 QUIT) and icanquit.com.au in club materials.
6. Adherence to the policy:
There is strong community support for banning smoking in public places, therefore in most cases people will voluntarily adhere to the smoking policy and expect others to do so. Club officials and volunteers are not expected to enforce smoke-free areas at sporting events and are not empowered to do so. NSW Health is responsible for the enforcement of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and local councils for enforcing local smoking bans.
However, club officials and volunteers should encourage adherence to smoke-free environment laws by approaching a person who is smoking in a non-smoking area and politely:
• Reminding them about the smoke-free legislation/club policy.
• Asking them to refrain from smoking or to move beyond the smoke-free area before continuing to smoke.
All officials, coaches, trainers and adult members are encouraged to report breaches of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 to NSW Health via the online reporting form:
7. Investment and other income policy:
A commitment to addressing smoking means that the club:
• Does not make capital investments in any tobacco company, or with any business that has substantial capital interest of investments in tobacco companies.
• Does not accept any financial or in-kind support from tobacco companies.
• Club authorities will regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the Smoke-Free Policy to ensure it remains relevant and current.
Signed (by designated authorities)