POSTED: May 31st 2016

Olympics: World No Tobacco Day campaign receives support from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Game logos © POCOG
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Game logos © POCOG

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The World Health Organization (WHO) led initiative, Tobacco Free Sports, has gained the support of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG). The initiative falls in line with the WHO recognized, World No Tobacco Day held on May 31 each year.

The Tobacco Free Sports is a campaign that is aimed at cleaning sports of all types of tobacco, including tobacco marketing, advertising, promotion, second-hand smoke exposure, and tobacco consumption. The campaign advocates healthy living values and is focused on preventing people all over the world from the diseases and harms caused by tobacco.

POCOG announced that all tobacco advertisements and related items at venues will be banned. PyeongChang 2018 will restrict smoking at Olympic Villages and competition venues. They will also protect spectators from being exposed to second-hand smoke.

During the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and WHO first joined together under the Tobacco Free Sports initiative. Korea also joined the campaign when they hosted the 1988 Seoul Summer Games.  

"Joining the Tobacco Free initiative, PyeongChang 2018 will create a cleaner, healthier, and more enjoyable athlete for all athletes and spectators during the Olympic and Paralympic Games," expressed POCOG President, Lee Hee-beom.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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