Friday, May 30, 2014

Will Smoking be Permitted at 2014 FIFA World Cup?

Well, probably you heard that on June 12 begins 2014 FIFA World Cup, one of most important sporting events in the world. It occurs once in four years and each football fan waits edgily for it in order to support his favorite team. In the World Cup of this year are participating 32 teams from around the world. Only best teams are qualified and those teams choose only best players in order to show best game.

2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil and will last almost one month. So football fans from around the world will enjoy a whole month of football euthoria! Imagine, the entire world will be captured by that euphoria! People from different contries, having different skin color and age, speaking different languages, belonging to different religions, living in different conditions, from South to Nord, from Est to West, will be fixed on their TVs to find out who is the best football team in the world! The football euphoria will touch not only football fans but ordinary people too, because the euphoria will spread everywhere!

The happiest people will be Brazillians who host the event. They spent millions of dollars to carry honorably the World Cup of this year. Old stadiums were renovated and several new stadiums were built. The biggest one is Maracana in Rio de Janeiro with a capasity of 73,531 people. It will host several matches including the final match on June 13, the most important one, sure ;)

2014 FIFA World Cup will start with a game between Brazil and Croatia, on June 12. This is the day when it all begins!

Now let us turn to our main subject and answer the question related to smoking on the World Cup. If you are a smoker and you plan to go to Brazil to see the world's important event with your proper eyes, you should know that smoking there will be prohibited. The organizers say that 2014 FIFA World Cup will be 100% tobacco- and smoke-free!

The tobacco ban applies to all games that will take place in the World Cup! The ban applies to both outdoor and indoor spaces within the perimeters of every participating stadium. It means that there will be banned sale of tobacco, smoking, tobacco ads and tobacco promotion.

Why they do this?
Well, sport promotes a healthy lifestyle and cigarettes have nothing to do with that. Besides this, there will be a lot of children on the stadiums and the measure will help to protect them from secondhand smoke.

Is it the first sporting event which goes smoke- and tobacco- free?
No. The 2014 Olimpic games were also smoke-free. As to FIFA World Cups, the event became smoke-free for the first time in 2002, when the World Cup was held in Japan and Korea, and since then all next FIFA World Cups are smoke- and tobacco-free.

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