UEFA bans smoking at Euro 2012

UEFA bans smoking at Euro 2012
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UEFA announces a complete ban on the use, sale and promotion of tobacco at next year's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Smoking will be banned at next year's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, UEFA has confirmed.

European football's governing body announced a complete ban on the use, sale and promotion of tobacco in all stadiums hosting finals matches on Thursday.

President Michel Platini said: "A tobacco-free Euro 2012 is about respecting the health of our spectators and everyone else involved in the tournament."

Poland and especially Ukraine have notoriously high smoking prevalence rates, but both have taken steps to combat it over the last few years.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, added: "Football and sport are about health and performance, and tobacco is about the opposite – they just don't mix."

The 2012 finals begin on June 8 in Warsaw.

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