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No Butts: Surfing in Victoria just got healthier for groms



Surfing Victoria Updates

Smoking restricted in kids' sports areas, group to abide

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 February, 2014 - As of April 1st, important changes will be made statewide in regard to smoking in Children’s Recreational Areas. Under the Tobacco Act 1987 (the Act) smoking will be prohibited within 10 metres of outdoor public children’s playground equipment, skate parks, and sporting venues during organised underage sporting events, as well as in outdoor areas of public swimming pool complexes.

As a key supporter of VicHealth and the Department of Human Services, Surfing Victoria will be actively promoting these new laws and ask for the co-operation of all parents and guardians of competitors.
All Surfing Victoria events that have a junior component will be Smoke-Free zones, which compliments the current Surfing Victoria policy of discouraging smoking on beaches state wide.
The outdoor smoking bans aim to:
-provide children and young people with a healthy, smoke-free environment in which to play
-limit exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke (second-hand smoke)
-reduce the normalcy and social acceptability of smoking behaviours
-support smokers who are trying to quit and those trying to cut down. 

“Surfing Victoria have a long history of supporting anti-smoking policy dating back to the 1988 Quit Women’s Classic” said Surfing Victoria CEO, Max Wells. “We aim to promote healthy lifestyles for our members and all surfers state-wide, and I encourage all of our members to lead by example with the changes to legislation.”

Liam Robertson

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