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Huntsville Otters, health unit team up for tobacco-free sports night

Jan 30, 2012
The Huntsville Otters and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are teaming up to host a tobacco-free sports night on Friday, February 10 when the team takes on the Aurora Tigers at the Canada Summit Centre.

The Huntsville Otters and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are teaming up to host a tobacco-free sports night on Friday, February 10 when the team takes on the Aurora Tigers at the Canada Summit Centre.

The Otters joined forces with the health unit in 2010 to become a tobacco-free team where players, coaches and support staff are expected to stay clear of tobacco products – including cigarettes, cigars, dip, chew or water pipes – while involved in any aspect of the organization.

Mitch Eden, a veteran defenseman with the Otters makes it clear “tobacco products have no place when it comes to sports.”

“If you want to compete at your full potential, for as long as you can, you have to be tobacco free,” he says. “That means no dipping, chewing or smoking.”

The Otters club is among a growing number of tobacco-free sports teams competing at elite levels in the province. Others in the Simcoe Muskoka area include the OHL Barrie Colts and Junior C Midland Kelsey’s Flyers.

“We expect our players to be leaders, not followers, and show kids you are cool if you don't smoke or chew,” says head coach Randy Salmon. “We want kids to know tobacco is a waste of money, health and breath. Just say no to tobacco. Be your own person.”

The community is encouraged to come out to the February 10 game to show their support for tobacco-free sports and the Huntsville Otters. There will be giveaways for young fans as well as displays and information on tobacco-free living. Game time is 7:30 p.m. 

“We are also hoping to talk to parents, coaches and officials from all sports about how they can join the tobacco-free sport and recreation movement and how we can help,” added Joanne McFarland, a public health nurse in the health unit’s tobacco program. “Let’s make this a banner night for tobacco-free sports in this area.”

For more information about joining the tobacco-free sport and recreation movement call Your Health Connection at 1-877-721-7520 or see www.simcoemuskokahealth.org   

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