Media Release

August 16, 2011

Play, Live, Be … Tobacco-Free!

Money available to help local sporting teams develop and enhance policies that promote
tobacco-free recreation
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York encourages sport and recreation organizations to promote tobacco-free sport and recreation by participating in the Play, Live, Be … Tobacco-Free Grant Program.
To help local sport and recreation clubs, teams, leagues and organizations become tobacco-free, grants up to $2,000 are available for eligible organizations to use toward developing, implementing or enhancing a Tobacco-Free Policy.
Tobacco-free sport and recreation means that everyone taking part in a sport or recreational activity does not use tobacco products.  Participants, spectators, coaches and leaders do not smoke, snuff, dip or chew tobacco while participating in the activities of the organization.
Cigarettes and other tobacco products counteract the health benefits gained by participating in sport and recreation activities.  Exposure to second-hand smoke is a health risk; there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.
Participation in sport and recreation activities benefit a participant’s physical health, it also contributes to psychological health through feelings of accomplishment and a sense of belonging that comes from being part of a team or club. A Tobacco-Free Policy strengthens the positive impact.
Grants are administered by York Region Community and Health Services with funding from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport through the Central East Tobacco Control Area Network. 
The deadline for applications is Thursday, September 15, 2011. 
Successful grant applicants will be notified by Friday, September 30, 2011.  For guidelines and applications on the Play, Live, Be … Tobacco-Free Grant Program, visit
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4016 • After-hours Cell: 905-716-9753 •

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Media Contact: Michelle McEwan, Corporate Communications, York Region
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 1209 . Cell: 905-251-6412 .
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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