Sports and tobacco don’t mix. That’s the message Whistler Blackcomb is sending by stomping out smoking at the resort. The policy will prohibit smoking anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property, including:
- lift lines
- ski runs
- hiking trails
- valley base areas
- parking lots
- Whistler Mountain Bike Park trails
- and all Whistler Blackcomb bar and restaurant locations, including patios.
Whistler Blackcomb’s new non-smoking policy will apply to both guests and staff of Whistler Blackcomb.
Smoking rates in B.C. are among the lowest in the country at 14 per cent. However, tobacco use remains the largest single preventable cause of death and disease, killing more than 6,000 British Columbians each year.
“By taking this important step, Whistler Blackcomb is demonstrating that it’s a strong ambassador for health. We know that many young people ski and snowboard, and youth who don’t start using tobacco by the time they are 26 will most likely never start,” said Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer, Dr. Paul Martiquet. “Eliminating smoking in public places, such as on our mountains, creates healthy role modeling so youth, and others, are less likely to even consider using tobacco.”
For more info about the new policy, visit the resort’s website and to read the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s smoking policy, visit their website.