Thursday , 20 January 2022

The ' No Tobacco ' Olympic and Paralympic Games!

The Pyeong Chang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) announced that it will participate in the movement for Tobacco Free Sports, by banning advertisement of tobacco and related items at venues, restricting smoking at competition venues and Olympic Villages, and protect spectators from second-hand smoke exposure. PyeongChang 2018 joins the Tobacco Free Sports initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), in line with the World No Tobacco Day recognized by the WHO each year on May 31.

Tobacco Free Sports is WHO’s campaign to clean sports of all forms of tobacco -- tobacco consumption, exposure to second-hand smoke, tobacco advertising, promotion and marketing, to advocate the values of healthy living and prevent people everywhere from the harms and diseases caused by tobacco. The WHO and International Olympic Committee (IOC) first joined hands for Tobacco Free Sports at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, and Korea also hosted the 1988 Seoul Summer Games under the campaign.

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No more illegal parking of vehicles on ramps for people with disabilities in Athens!

A total of 830 sensors were placed by the Municipality of Athens on ramps and crossings for people with special needs, to deal with antisocial parking. "It's not just a lack of respect, it's like saying that you are absolutely indifferent to the person with disabilities, to the grandfather, the grandmother, the mom with the child", stressed the mayor Kostas Bakogiannis speaking to SKAI. As he explained, the sensor, as soon as a car approaches, automatically notifies the municipal police, who will arrive at the spot in real time. Also, those who park at crossings or ramps will be removed the plates and the driving license for 60 days, without a fine.

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