Smokefree Policy

The North Brunswick Junior Football Club (the club) recognised that passive smoking (inhaling second-hand
smoke) is hazardous to health and that non-smokers should be protected from tobacco smoke. Passive smoking
can lead to other serious illnesses such as bronchitis, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and chest illnesses in
children. Accordingly the following policy has been developed by the club to help protect people’s health.
The move to go SmokeFree also complements the club’s desire to create a healthy family friendly environment.
The club believes that such an environment and image will be advantageous in attracting new members and
positively promoting the club in the community.
Legislation and the legal duty of care also provide reasons to have a SmokeFree club. Under common law the
club has a legal duty of care to ensure that employees, volunteers, players and officials are not exposed to
potentially harmful situations.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act also stipulates that employees and working volunteers must have a safe
environment to work in.
Victorian SmokeFree dining legislation also states that enclosed dining areas must be SmokeFree.
This policy applies to all members, administrators, officials, coaches, players and visitors of the North Brunswick
Junior Football Club.
This policy is effective from 26th July 2013
The North Brunswick Junior Football Club requires the following areas to be SmokeFree:
· Club and social rooms
· Administration and office areas
· Changing rooms
· Toilet blocks
· Indoor spectator viewing areas
· Playing areas
· Eating areas
· Grandstands and spectator viewing areas
· Within five (5) metres of entries and exits of buildings, facilities, and the ground
The North Brunswick Junior Football Club will NOT sell tobacco products.
Behavioural Expectations
The North Brunswick Junior Football Club recognises that role modeling can have a significant impact upon the
junior members of the club. Hence, the following individuals and groups will refrain from smoking during the
following times:
· Coaches (when actively coaching or representing the club)
· Trainers (when actively training players)
· Officials (when actively officiating for the club)
· Volunteers (when actively working for the club)
· Players (when in uniform and representing the club)
Coaches and trainers will also speak to junior players about the effects of smoking on performance.
The following mediums will remind patrons about the North Brunswick Junior Football Club SmokeFree policy:
· Non-smoking signs
· Club handbook
· Advertising and promotional resources (eg brochures, newspaper ads etc)
· Club correspondence (letters, faxes, e-mails etc)
· Announcements
· Table signage
· Function speeches
· Signage
Ashtrays will be removed from the clubrooms to discourage smoking.
Cigarette butt bins will be provided outside to encourage smokers to smoke outside.
The following five step non-compliance strategy will be followed if anyone breaches the Clubs SmokeFree policy.
1. Assume that the person is unaware of the SmokeFree policy.
2. A staff member or club representative will approach the person breaching the policy and politely ask
them to refrain from smoking and remind them about the SmokeFree policy.
3. If the offence continues, then the most senior staff member or most senior club representative will
verbally warn them again and hand over a formally written letter that outlines the club’s policy on
smoking. The offending patron must also be made aware that if they don’t stop smoking then they will
be required to leave the club’s facility. The club’s management committee will sign off on the letter.
This letter will be pre-written and kept both behind the bar and at the ground so that copies are readily
4. If the offence does continue then the patron will be escorted out of the facility by staff and/or a senior
club representative.
5. Under no circumstances should the North Brunswick Junior Football Club ’s SmokeFree policy be
breached: No matter who the offender is.
The policy will be reviewed three months after its introduction and then on an annual basis thereafter.
This will ensure that the policy remains current and practical.