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Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb Implements Indoor/Outdoor Smoke-Free Policy

June 17, 2015 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

As a global leader in the outdoor adventure and wellness industry, Whistler Blackcomb is talking the talk and walking the walk! 

Whistler Blackcomb celebrated World No Tobacco Day during May 2015 with the introduction of a new smoke-free policy, both inside and out. Smoking is no longer permitted anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property, including lift lines, chairlifts, gondolas, ski runs, hiking and biking trails, valley base areas, parking lots, and all Whistler Blackcomb bars and restaurants, including patios.unnamed (21)

“We have made the decision to introduce a smoke-free policy at Whistler Blackcomb to preserve the pristine alpine environment our guests come here for,” says Dave Brownlie, President and CEO at Whistler Blackcomb. “We believe we have a responsibility to our guests and staff to provide a safe and healthy environment for work and play.”

Whistler Blackcomb’s new smoke-free policy applies to both guests and staff. While the policy prohibits guests from smoking on Whistler Blackcomb property, Whistler Blackcomb staff will be permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas for one year as they adjust to the company’s new policy. During the one year period, Whistler Blackcomb will provide resources to assist staff with quitting smoking. As of May 31, 2016, Whistler Blackcomb’s smoke-free policy will also apply to all staff.

“We know that youth who haven’t started using tobacco by the time they are 26 years old will most likely never start,” says 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.”

The decision to become a smoke-free recreation area and employer aligns with Whistler Blackcomb’s core values ofSafety First and We Care, as well as the company’s goal to be health-oriented and family friendly. The smoke-free policy will also help mitigate the risk of forest fires on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

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