"After 45 years, we're quitting smoking!"

Friday, April 28, 2006 2:39 PM
I searched for a thread on this but did not find one.

I was on the six flags home page and noticed the above headline. Below the headline it says "for our 45th anniversary, Six Flags is going smoke free!"

As a smoker of many years it would be a big bummer to know I cannot smoke in the park.

I guess now that I haven't smoked in over 12 years and have 4 young children of my own, I think it is a very positive thing to eliminate smoking from the parks....

What's your take on it, and what is your smoker status?

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Friday, April 28, 2006 2:42 PM
Smoking sucks. I'm HIGHLY allergic, and am all in favor of bans.
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Friday, April 28, 2006 2:42 PM
I smoke, but can do without it at parks.

The first park with designated smoking areas i've been to was Dollywood. It was easy there to go nonsmoking as the place was absolutely beautiful. Their staff politely pointed out the smoking policy the moment i lit up and even took me to a smoking area.

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Friday, April 28, 2006 2:48 PM
Umm, you can smoke at the parks. Just designated areas. No biggie.

The only thing that sucks worse than an inconsiderate smoker is a whiny non-smoker. ;)

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Friday, April 28, 2006 3:01 PM
Oh no oh no oh no. Can I make a caveat that the following questions may not be brought up: Is S:TE a coaster? Is q-bot a good idea? What is an inversion? How do you count racers/duelers/relocated/retracked/repainted coasters? ;)

I am a non-smoker and have no problem with smoking at parks so long as 1) the rules are followed and 2) it doesn't affect me.

As far as I know, most of the rules are designed so that it doesn't affect me and so most of the time the two conditions coincide.

and I'm not really sure how I'd feel if a park didn't have a rule about smoking in line.

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Friday, April 28, 2006 3:19 PM

Lord Gonchar said:


The only thing that sucks worse than an inconsiderate smoker...


You mean like the guy who was smoking in ENCLOSED queue to Batman and Robin: The Chiller at SF GrAdv during my visit last year?

Everyone within a few yards of him was choking and coughing, but considering how tough this guy looked (I don't just mean tough... I mean scary, homicidal maniac scary...) every one just held their breath the best they could and kept quiet.

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Friday, April 28, 2006 4:13 PM
Ya know, This has become the every three month troll post that gets tons of replies because someone either hates or likes to smoke.

Not saying the poster was trolling, But its the sign of the times and almost every park will probably be in the Smoking in desegnated areas only catagory.

Chuck, whos got no problem with the policy as long as theres a area provided so I can do my legal drug.

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Friday, April 28, 2006 4:17 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Umm, you can smoke at the parks. Just designated areas. No biggie.

The only thing that sucks worse than an inconsiderate smoker is a whiny non-smoker. ;)



Are you competing with yourself for post of the year?

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Friday, April 28, 2006 10:04 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
Umm, you can smoke at the parks. Just designated areas. No biggie.

The only thing that sucks worse than an inconsiderate smoker is a whiny non-smoker.


What about inconsiderate whiny smokers who complain about having to walk to a designated area? ;)

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Friday, April 28, 2006 10:13 PM
Wow, a smoking at parks topic! Why didn't I think of that? I'm sure this won't get nasty at all! ;)

Anybody else notice that HW is going to have a smoking area in the new Thanksgiving section? You'll be able to find me there in about a month.

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Friday, April 28, 2006 10:25 PM
So why don't we close it?

A simple search would bring up probably 50 smoking threads

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Friday, April 28, 2006 10:38 PM

Incidentalist said:Anybody else notice that HW is going to have a smoking area in the new Thanksgiving section?

Mmmmm.... smoked turkey.... glaaarbhharlllb... [drool on keyboard]

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Friday, April 28, 2006 11:25 PM
SMOKING should be banned in ALL public places of business. It is the one habit that affects everyone around it. PERIOD... It is crazy that in the year 2006 people still think that it is ok to smoke in restraunts, bars, or even theme parks. Some cities are doing something about it and I personally applaud them NYC, Columbus, Miami, LA, Toledo, ETC....
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Friday, April 28, 2006 11:32 PM
as long as I can find a tree to shoot up behind, ill be happy!

So really, I think it's cool that they have the no-smoking policy. Personally, even a person that has smoked within the last 30 minutes gives me a headache. Some sort of allergy I guess...

But I think if you smoke, you should have a place to go :)

Until the pod lands to take you all to the big glass smokedome on mars.

I was on the Beast once and some idiot lit up going up the 1st (!!!) lift. I think there were more people that teeth that day at the park.

As much as a non-smoker I am, as much as I hate the stuff (a recovering addict/boozer no less), I think people should be able to determine for themeselves wheter or not the bar/food place they own is smoking or non-smoking. It's all THX1138 - 1984 - commie type stuff, right? Kinda crazy.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006 12:19 AM
Well I'm a smoker and even I can't stand it when people in line smoke around me. It gets in my eyes and blech. At least I can control my own smoke. One of the benefits of strict smoking rules could be that the people who smoke in line may remember not to after seeing enforcement throughout the park.
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Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:32 AM

Coasterguy said:I personally applaud them NYC, Columbus, Miami, LA, Toledo, ETC....

Austin...

Anywho.. yes smoking is bad. I think it's a great policy. And there is nothing you smokers can do about it, it's their property, they can handle it how they want. Face it, you have no rights on their property. Go along with it, or leave. *** Edited 4/29/2006 1:33:05 PM UTC by Keith2005***

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Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:43 AM
CoasterGuy: a Suburb of cleveland Ohio tried the no-smoking in public place law. Couldn't smoke in bars, mall parking lots, even bowling alleys.
That law lasted about 6 months. Why so short? The bars reported losses of over 73% in that six month period. Their losses equal tax losses. The bowling alleys had problems as well. Many leagues advised they'd find somewhere else for the next season.
The Business owners caused the reversal of that law.

When I'm in public and someone asks me not to smoke, I can abide by that. However, if they get nasty about it, i get nasty back.

Hell, i remember when you could smoke in a movie theatre. I must admit, I'm glad those days are gone.

I think Dollywood was cleaner due to a lack of butts lying all over the place.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006 11:03 AM
While I definately do not endorse smoking, I do think it's wrong for the government to come in and ban smoking in any pubilc place in the city. The business should have the call on whether to allow it or not. It's their property after all. It's just another way the government tries to get in on everyone's liberties.

So most of these parks have made the right decision about smoking IMO. The designated smoking area's keeps both the smokers and the non-smokers happy.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006 1:00 PM
I am the ONLY Member of my Family that never smoked. If I had and subsequently became a Nicotine Addict I would have NEVER been able to afford to go on all the various Trips and Vacations that have, to date, netted me 388 Roller Coasters in five Countries! (USA,Canada,Great Britain,The Netherlands and Denmark) :)

In 2007 or 2008 I plan to ride my 400th Roller Coaster, It will be in a sixth Country, Brazil! :)

PS I've only been Drunk ONCE in my life! (When I was three years old I drank a bottle of my Father's Mouthwash! - I must have had a bad Hangover that "Cured my Case!")

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Saturday, April 29, 2006 1:38 PM
Borntocoast, no nicotine, no alcohol, what are your vices then?

LOL, Coasters, I guess!

I am the same way - no smoking no alcohol

it seems fairly unusual to be so clean cut these days....

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