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South Muskoka Shield, health unit team up for Tobacco-Free Sports Night

Jan 28, 2013
The South Muskoka Shield and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are teaming up to host a Tobacco-Free Sports Night on Friday, February 1 when the team takes on the Rama Aces at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.

­­­The South Muskoka Shield and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are teaming up to host a Tobacco-Free Sports Night on Friday, February 1 when the team takes on the Rama Aces at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.

The Greater Metro Junior A hockey team joined forces with the health unit this year to become a tobacco-free team. 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.

The team plays out of the Centennial Centre which became a 100 per cent, tobacco-free facility under a new bylaw, that went into effect January 1, 2013. The use of any kind of tobacco product, lit or unlit, is prohibited inside the centre. The bylaw supports tobacco-free living and addresses the growing use of chew and spit tobacco among youth and young adults.

Team captain Brandon Luksa says tobacco products have no place in sports. “To compete at your full potential, for as long as you can, you have to be tobacco free,” he said. “That means no dipping, chewing or smoking.”

The Shield joins an expanding number of hockey teams competing at elite levels throughout Ontario. Others in the Simcoe Muskoka area include the Barrie Colts and 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 general manager and head coach Dallyn Telford. "Tobacco is a waste of money, health and breath.”

The community is encouraged to attend the February 1 game to show support for tobacco-free sports and the South Muskoka Shield. There will be giveaways for young fans as well as displays and information on tobacco-free living. Game time is 8 p.m. 

“We’re here to talk with parents and coaches from all sports about joining the tobacco-free sport and recreation movement,” said 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.”

More information about joining the tobacco-free sport and recreation movement can be found on the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or by calling Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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