I'm not even gonna attempt to join the discussion much.
But I am glad of this new rule even though I know it will not be enforced. I'm an ex-smoker and always tried to be considerate of others, but many places no longer offer enough smoking areas, so I hope that the parks provide enough.
Now that I've developed enough health issues so that smoke really bothers me, what I've learned is that when I'm in line next to the person blowing smoke in my face, if I VERY NICELY ask them to put it out for a little bit, they are generally very nice and cooperative back to me. So since I know that these new rules won't be enforced, I'm just going to stick with what has worked for me in the past.
Funny, everytime I very kindly and politely ask a smoker to put out their cigarette, I get at best a nasty reply and sometimes an incredible amount of verbal abuse. That is why I always hope for an enforced smoking policy. I hope Cedar Point does that. In any case, I applaud their move.
In my local community, they are cracking down hard on public puffing. A general ban on smoking in many places open to the public was enacted recently by the county. The first charges for violation of this ordinince were levied against an ethnic club which was fined around $60000 for permitting players to smoke during Bingo games.
Too bad that the State casino law will exempt the new casino in Pittsburgh from this ordinance.
The intereting issue for us is, will KW tighten up their smoking restrictions? They currently ban smoking in ride queues, dining and show areas, etc. so the question is, will they impose a more general ban affecting areas in the park that are more open? By the way, the park does not sell tobacco products. *** Edited 3/31/2007 12:02:02 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
^We have the same BS here in WV. Certain officials and people want to keep gambling out of WV, but yet they spend their paychecks on lottery tickets, bingo, and sports betting.
Pot, kettle, etc. :( I am not a gambler but I see nothing wrong with it. To each his own. If you lose your life savings you have nobody to blame but yourself.
I am an ex-smoker as well, Nicole. Go us! :)
Even when I did smoke I didn't do it in lines or where I knew it would affect other people. I *expect* smokers to do the same, although I know there are going to be a-holes who don't care. It's always hilarious when you get the "F*** you! I will smoke if I want to" look when you kindly ask someone to put out their cigarette.
As far as smoking itself I don't think ANYONE has any right to stick their nose in other's personal business. If someone wants to smoke that's THEIR decision...just don't abuse it. In other words I don't want to breathe it.
At least pot has a nicer smell. ;) I have seen that at parks as well. Talk about having NERVE! ;)
*** Edited 3/31/2007 1:07:01 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
I guess Im in the minority here about never seing any pot smoked in parks, however it sounds like that wont last much longer since this will be my first full season with CP as my base park (allthough I have been dozens of times every year for allmost 10 years.) But I have to think that one is worse, not just because its illegal but because their are kids around you and getting a kid high because he stood next to a hippie in line for an hour=not cool.
Funny thought - Imagine a person walking through the park smoking in all the places he shouldn't be. Along comes a 400 pound person who has not showered in a few weeks and walks past our puffing friend. Would he dare complain about the smelly person's odor invading *HIS* space?
^Incidentalist, seriously dont joke about smoking on a coaster. My sister once had a nightmarish ride on Magnum one night when some sob perceeded to light on the lift and kept his hand up high the entire ride. My sister was in constant fear of either her long hair catching fire or having ash fly in her eye. Because she was in the first row of a train and he was in the back row she also couldnt reach to knock the ciggerette out of his hands.
At least other passengers struck up for her and managed to get the ride ops attention before he left the station and got him ejected out of the park. The bad thing was that it was only <10 min until close.
^The ashes were still red hot when they came near her face (and it was night so yes she could see they were still red) when one is going 70 mph, you catch up to those ashes pretty quick after they have detached themselves from the ciggerette.
Touchdown, you may want to look a little closer at what you wrote.
Your sister has to be the she that you're referring to and the culprit has to be the he in this equation. You're trying to tell me that the smoker's ashes where travelling BACKWARD from the smoker's cigarette in the rear of the train towards the first row? I think you've got the two sitting in the wrong seats, were you standing real close to a hippie today?