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Championship goes Smoke-Free!

May 25th, 2009

no-smoking-2009.jpgThe Ulster GAA is embarking on an exciting new initiative this weekend to mark World No Tobacco Day.  With up to 35,000 people expected to attend the Ulster Championship match between All Ireland Champions Tyrone and Ulster Champions Armagh, the Provincial Council, in partnership with the Ulster Cancer Foundation and The Office of Tobacco Control, will be launching their Smoke-Free campaign in Clones.

Patrons entering the turnstiles will be greeted by volunteers encouraging them to refrain from smoking whilst inside the ground.  No Smoking memorabilia will be distributed to those wishing to support the campaign, while a visit to the ground by ‘Stubbie the Mascot’ from the Ulster Cancer Foundation is sure to bring further fun to the occasion.

By promoting a Smoke-Free initiative spectators, officials, volunteers and players will be protected from the harm and irritation caused by passive smoking, while at the same time it may discourage young people from starting to smoke, and encourage adults to quit.

Supporters who have attended Championship matches in Clones in recent times will be familiar with the No Smoking regulations in the Gerry Arthurs stand, and now with the support of all patrons, the entire ground will enjoy a Smoke-Free atmosphere!

Recent research by the Office of Tobacco control has found that 9 out of 10 people would support a smoke-free policy in sports stadiums or grounds so it is anticipated that the campaign will be widely supported this Sunday.

Danny Murphy, Ulster GAA secretary stated “As the largest sporting organisation in Ireland we have a responsibly to promote the health benefits of being involved in sport. Through this initiative and the wider Ulster GAA Health and Wellbeing Programme, we are highlighting the benefits of giving up smoking and we are happy to encourage a smoke- free Stadium in Clones for the Armagh and Tyrone Championship Game”

Gerry McElwee from the Ulster Cancer Foundation said “Smoke free sports grounds are popular, healthier and more pleasant for all spectators. In recent years the Ulster Cancer Foundation has worked closely with the Ulster Council on a number of health programmes including Healthy Clubs and the distribution of free sunscreens at championship games. We are delighted to be a partner in this important initiative to ensure a healthier, more comfortable environment for young and old as they enjoy the thrills of the Ulster Championship.”

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