The Russian Federation aims for smoke-free Winter Games – new tobacco control measures are showing effects
As well as new records for winter sports achievements, visitors to the Olympic Winter Games 2014 will be expecting innovative sport facilities, modernized transportation infrastructure and traditional hospitality in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast. But cigarette smokers may find something unexpectedly missing: somewhere to smoke.
Sochi is a member of the Alliance of Smoke-free Cities Initiative in Russia. During the tobacco-free Olympic Games smoking will be forbidden in all Olympic and Paralympic venues, including all bars and restaurants in the Olympic park. No tobacco products will be sold at any of the Olympic sites. The tobacco-free policy of the Games will be broadcast during all events on scoreboards and radio. This policy is intended to protect the more than 155 000 athletes, sports delegation representatives and volunteers from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke as well as to marketing and advertising tactics of the tobacco industry.