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Glasgow 2014 pledges to be Scotland's 'smoke-free' Commonwealth Games

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be 'smoke-free' with tobacco controls to be introduced at all of its competition venues.

Glasgow 2014 has worked in conjunction with the Scottish Government, and with encouragement from ASH Scotland, to define its 'smoke-free' policy.

This will mean no smoking within the venues or venue perimeters, making it the most progressive smoking policy at any major sporting event held in Scotland, tickets for which go on sale a week tomorrow (Monday, August 19).

The policy being introduced for the Games meets with World Health Organisation criteria as to what constitutes a 'smoke-free' sporting event.

During the Games, clear signage will remind spectators of the no-smoking restrictions supported both by public address and big screen messages within venues, as well as social media.

In addition, Glasgow 2014 will prohibit tobacco sales in competition venues and Villages and tobacco products will be unavailable at all OC-controlled sales points across all venues.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said:

“Glasgow 2014 is supportive and keen to contribute to the Scottish Government’s long-term health ambitions in regard to smoking and consider our smoke-free policy as an appropriate step towards achieving those ends, while still ensuring the delivery of an outstanding Commonwealth Games.”

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said:

“This is welcome action that contributes to our ambition for a smoke-free Scotland by 2034. As a global celebration of sporting excellence, Glasgow 2014 recognises the harm caused by tobacco and is implementing a more progressive smoking policy for the Games than at any other major sporting event held in Scotland.

“Bold steps like prohibiting smoking in public areas around stadiums and stopping the sale of tobacco in Glasgow 2014 venues reduces the attractiveness of tobacco and reinforces the message to spectators and visitors, especially younger people, of the dangers of smoking.”

Sheila Duffy, Chief Executive of health campaign ASH Scotland, said:

“These Games have the potential to inspire young people to be the best that they can be. I warmly welcome the announcement that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be smoke-free for children and families. This takes forward the national vision in Scotland to put tobacco, an addictive and lethal product, completely out of fashion for the next generation.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:

“We support the smoke-free approach to delivering the best possible Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer. This policy will ensure that everyone can enjoy what will be a fantastic and memorable event in the city.”

Notes to Editors

1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of up to 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

2. Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media, BP and Emirates. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit

3. Anyone wishing free, impartial advice to help stop smoking can contact the Smokeline on 0800 84 84 84 or visit

4. Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.

5. The World Press Briefing is being held in Glasgow on 2 and 3 September 2013. Registration is now open via the Press Operations extranet ‘The Pulse’.
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