In 2017 Peninsula Health, St Kilda Football Club and its partners supported three AFL South East leagues to become smoke-free environments.
Local football clubs teamed up with local councils, sporting groups and Peninsula Health to ‘stamp out smoking’ at both junior and senior levels on World No Tobacco Day -31 May 2017.
Peninsula Health, St Kilda Football Club, Good Sports, Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire worked with AFL South East and its leagues – Frankston District Junior Football League and Mornington Peninsula Football Netball League - to become smoke-free.
Frankston District Junior Football League went completely smoke-free, banning smoking at all football grounds during organised underage sporting events.
The Mornington Peninsula Football Netball League launched their smoke-free commitment at the Quit Challenge Round in June by banning smoking everywhere at their clubs, except for one designated area.
AFL South East successfully held a first ever completely smoke-free senior’s final series.
Going smoke-free and banning smoking in all areas except one is a significant achievement for these senior clubs. Congratulations to all clubs for signing the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Smoke Free Charter - this commitment to implementing a smoke free policy is creating a healthier environment for players, supporters and the community. These clubs are now role models Australia wide.
This has provided young people, families and the community with a smoke-free sporting environment, reducing players’ and spectators’ exposure to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and helping to discourage young people from taking up smoking.Submit your story!