Ban Smoking from All OKSAC Sanctioned Combative Sporting Events

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Smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.

In almost every instance, smoking is banned at most sanctioned, indoor athletic events and regulated at outdoor events in a certain radius. FIFA has went through multiple steps to ensure that venues on the circuit are smoke free. MLB is one of the major sports that has also made a change to their smoking policy in the last few years, by taking actions not only by working with venues to enforce the policy but also to lower tobacco usage amongst its players as well. This includes a complete ban on tobacco with fines for players and their managers if it is discovered. In the major leagues tobacco companies are no longer allowed to leave free products in stadium clubhouses for the players, with a ban effective December 5, 2016. In summary, nearly every major sport and organization, especially at the professional level has banned smoking from it's events, or has designated specific, outdoor, or isolated area for smokers that does not interfere with non-smoking fans or the athletes.

This petition proposes that a new rule is set in place to ban all smoking indoors, at any events and venues hosting a OKSAC sanctioned combative sporting event and that if smoking is to be permitted, it is in a designated outdoor, or completely isolated area which doesn't affect the event fans or participants.

Raising the bar of sanctioned combative sporting events is a must for growth of the sport and a necessary protection to the consumers and athletes that frequent them.



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