15 November 2012
Cancer Council SA welcomes the motion passed unanimously this week by Tea Tree Gully Council to investigate banning smoking at the start of Stage 4, of the Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Challenge Tour on Friday 25 January 2013.
Following a unanimous vote of elected members, Tea Tree Gully Council will now investigate their contractual obligations to decide if the start of the Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Challenge Tour at Civic Park should be smoke-free next year - a move which would protect the health of spectators and riders.
Thousands of people attend the Santos Tour Down Under every year, and making this public space smoke-free will protect non-smokers from the dangers of passive smoke, which over time can cause lung and other cancers.
Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA, applauds the motion moved by Tea Tree Gully councillor Todd Hacking as she trains to participate in the Bupa Challenge Tour community ride herself.
“We are thrilled to hear that members of Tea Tree Gully Council are keen for the start of the Bupa Challenge Tour to be declared smoke-free and we will work with the Council and other stakeholders to make this happen. We now encourage other Councils along the Santos Tour Down Under route to follow this lead,” says Brenda.
“The Santos Tour Down Under is one of the most exciting events in South Australia, attracting cycling fans, families and children from all over Australia. It is important that we take care of the community and implement smoking restrictions in popular public spaces.
“Every cigarette contains a deadly cocktail of chemicals, and even small amounts of exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful to someone’s health.
“South Australians have already shown overwhelming support for public smoking restrictions and we expect the community to welcome this decision, as we help to reduce tobacco-related deaths in South Australia.
“It makes sense to have smoking restrictions at an event which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, so we urge Tea Tree Gully Council to make this ban happen and all other Council areas along the Santos Tour Down Under route to help make the entire event smoke-free.”
You can help reduce your own cancer risk by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and riding in the Bupa Challenge Tour. This community ride also allows you to participate in Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason, to help support more than 9,300 South Australians diagnosed with cancer each year.
Each year hundreds of participants take part in Ride for a reason and fundraise for Cancer Council SA, with the goal to beat cancer. It is important to keep this goal in mind throughout the Santos Tour Down Under, in a smoke-free environment.
The Bupa Challenge Tour offers participants distances between 20 km to 127 km starting from Nurioopta, Mt Pleasant, Kersbrook and Modbury on Friday 25 January 2013. You can sign up for the Bupa Challenge Tour at www.tourdownunder.com.au