Utrecht working towards a smoke-free generation

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There has been much progress made in the effort to ban smoking since last year. At this moment, there are over 1,000 outdoor sports grounds in the Netherlands where smoking is prohibited.

An organisation call the ‘De Rookvrije Generatie’, literally translated to ‘The Smoke Free Generation’, are striving to have generations of children who are not affected by smokers. Thanks to their efforts, the number of smoke-free sports clubs is increasing rapidly. Since the 1st of September of last year, the number of sport clubs in the Netherlands where smoking was prohibited stood at 550; that number has almost doubled since. In Utrecht the number stands at 106; an increase of 40 clubs compared to September last year.

The number of non-smoking sports grounds is good news for children in the Netherlands

– Floris Italianer, director of the Heart Foundation and chairman of the Smoke Free Alliance of the Netherlands

The increase is partly due to the support and mutual cooperation of sports associations and municipalities. Social support for smoke-free areas, including sports grounds, is also on the increase. No fewer than 84% of Dutch people want to have sports grounds where children are unaffected by tobacco smoke. The findings are based on a study published on Monday commissioned by the Smoke Free Alliance of the Netherlands.

Floris Italianer, director of the Heart Foundation and chairman of the Smoke Free Alliance of the Netherlands, is proud of the milestone. “Almost doubling the number of non-smoking sports grounds is good news for children in the Netherlands. The more areas that are non-smoking, the fewer children come into contact with smoking. The steady growth and the many good examples make it increasingly easier for sports clubs to follow the trend and also become smoke-free. Ultimately, we want to ensure that it is normal not to smoke at a sports club. And that is going in the right direction,” Floris commented in a statement.

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