Sacramento Kings Become First NBA Team in California to Provide Fans with Smokefree Complex | American Lung Association

Sacramento Kings Become First NBA Team in California to Provide Fans with Smokefree Complex

(October 26, 2016) - Sacramento, CA

The American Lung Association in California commends the Sacramento Kings organization for the recent opening of the Golden 1 Center complex as the first NBA facility in California to be completely smokefree.

The state-of-the-art arena in the heart of Downtown Sacramento will host nearly 200 events annually including Sacramento Kings games, concerts and shows that will draw crowds of all ages, especially children.

As part of the Kings organization’s commitment to health and wellness, Golden 1 Center – the first LEED Platinum indoor arena – will be a completely smokefree arena with all smoking products including e-cigarettes and vaping devices banned from Golden 1 Center and the surrounding premises which includes the 3-acre plaza at Downtown Commons. There will be no designated smoking areas outdoors.

“We’re thrilled to see the Sacramento Kings declare its new complex completely smokefree,” said Olivia Diaz-Lapham, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in California. “It is the Lung Association’s mission to ensure all Californians can enjoy smokefree environments where they live, work and play and policies like these make strides towards our goal of a smokefree state.”

“From the work we do with young athletes in the region to the high-quality ingredients used to make our arena food, finding ways to improve the health and wellness of our fans and community is a key value of our organization,” said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “Creating a smokefree environment is not only good for our guests and fans, but it is good for our environment as well.”

The Sacramento Kings join the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s as the only professional sports teams in California to have completely smokefree complexes.

Smokefree policies are critical to public health. The U.S. Surgeon General and countless medical professionals have declared that there is no safe exposure to secondhand smoke. It is dangerous and deadly. Additionally, smokefree policies reduce unsightly cigarette butt litter which can also pose a health hazard for young children and pets.

For more information about strong local tobacco ordinances in California, visit www.center4tobaccopolicy.org.

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About the American Lung Association in California

The American Lung Association in California is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association in California or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-685-4872) or visit www.lung.org/california

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