It will be interesting to see if all the parks enforce this. The Looney Tunes area of SFA has always been a no smoking area, and I have seen people smoke regularly in that area. Once I did see someone complain to a park employee, and when she advised the guest that he could not smoke in the children's area, the guest told her to "f*** off" and that he could smoke "anywhere he damn well pleased". The park employee just shrugged it off and walked away. Last season at SFA I saw the no smoking policy totally ignored at the water park also. Now in contrast to this, when we were at SFNE this past year, I saw several incidents where park personnel stopped guest and informed them of a no smoking area and reminded the guest that they could be ejected from the park if they failed to follow the policy. *** Edited 1/19/2006 5:06:26 PM UTC by Rescue131*** *** Edited 1/19/2006 7:06:04 PM UTC by Rescue131***
Actually this was enforced in the Golden Kingdom area of GADv last year and I saw security get into a heated arguement with a guest over it. The guest did eventually cave in and put the cigarette out. I also saw operators enforce it in the lines for some rides so I would say that it might not be too hard to get it to happen if it is indeed a park wide thing this season. Yes you will have some backlash but it is a better family friendly environment without smoke.
Actually the policy goes on to say that like most other chains there will be smoking areas. So all people should be ok with this.
This also from someone who is allergic to cigarette smoke.
edited to add boldface area. *** Edited 1/19/2006 5:42:17 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***
The Paramount Parks started doing it last season, though through personal experience at Kings Island, it either wasn't enforced well or posted/announced enough.
I also know that SFKK had a couple of signs saying that they had a smoke-free environment last season, but that was announced/enforced much less than PKI in 2005.
I think the only way for this to work is "sign, sign, everywhere a sign," periodic PA announcements, and good employees/security. I'm also guessing that since SF is raising prices across the board, for admission, parking, and ultimately, season passes, you might find a better percentage of people obeying the rules.
Got to love the smoker attitude of I smoke everyone else has to deal with it, when ever a no/limited smoking policy is announced. Also the I've always been able to smoke here so it's not fair to ban smoking here.
In Atlantic City bars and restaurants outside of the casinos have just had a major gripefest because they instituted a law where you can't smoke in a public place except the Casino Hotels. Wonders who paid to play by those rules?
Smoking bans in an outdoor place is absurd in my opinion, however Six Flags can choose to do as it pleases at their parks and it's sure as hell a lot better than the government telling a property owner what legal activities he can and can't alloq when he chooses to allow the public onto his property. *** Edited 1/19/2006 6:28:16 PM UTC by SnakeEyes***
Whenever I smoke, I do it away from people, never in lines, that has always been rude. Pretty soon I won't be able to smoke in my own house (which I don't anyway). Oh well, I guess air pollution from buses, cars and factories don't count as people ***** about people smoking outdoors, which is preposterous period. Quiting smoking is worse than a drug habit (something I used to know quite alot about). Give us smokers a break, at least I am not blowing smoke in anyone's face. Most of these anti-smoking queens are full of hot air.
The one thing I can't stand about standing in line is the extremly rude person who smokes for the entire hour wait. I don't care if you smoke, just don't do it anywhere close to me. I feel very strongly about not smoking and it's great to see some states put laws on it for public places and now amusement parks are getting the idea as well.
Blink3020 said: Maybe you just shouldn't have started in the first place and you wouldn't have this problem...
Are you offering a solution? What good is telling somebody that smokes, "You shouldn't have started!". Talk to most people that smoke and they will tell you they want to not smoke. BUT, while quitting is easy, it's easier to not quite.
I think the case of the "smokers" vs "non-smokers" is interesting. What i do think is BS is that Chicago just got in line with their indoor smoking ban. I mean from my smoking vantage point, does anybody here have any idea how much ass it's going to suck to leave the bar, go outside and have a smoke IN THE DEAD OF CHICAGO winter??? You can't take your drink outside... I do understand that there are certain loopholes on the bars and that the entire ban doesn't take effect until a few years, but the problem i have with all these non smokers is that you have no problem taxing US to death. Right now a pack of cigs costs $8.50 in Chicago. The Mayor just got a dollar increase for an additional 5.5 million dollars a year.
Across the nation, the taxes on cigs are high, and WE pay for a lot of things we all enjoy. As far as smoking in six flags....
If you are an asthmatic... and someone is smoking on the midway, and you're on the midway... are you going to get sick?
Smoking in line is banned anyways at Six Flags. Gomez, somebody was smoking for an entire hour in line? If you feel so strongly about not smoking, why didn't you do something?