Posted Thursday, January 19, 2006 3:50 PM | Contributed by redman822
Six Flags announced today a new company policy under which its theme parks across the country will become smoke-free environments. This measure is the newest element in the company's commitment to improving the family entertainment experience throughout the Six Flags system.
Obviously this will aggravate some people, but I for one am happy about it, not to mention it will help with the litter all over the place too. I suppose if I was a smoker I'd maybe look to go to other parks if possible.
I too am happy about it (Gonch, hold the smoking debate, you'll NEVER convince me I'm wrong ;) ) but my question is, will this be like their very effectively monitored and enforced no smoking in ride lines policy?
as a person who has asthma I like the fact that the parks are going to be smoke free. I hate standing in line for a coaster or a ride and have to deal with smoke. If i want to ride you have to stand in line what else can you do.
As long as they perform this new policy the way that a park like Dollywood does then it will work very well. If not then it's just pretty words on paper.
The key to making this policy work is two-fold. Actually enforce your policy and don't make those guests who do smoke feel like they are being shunned.
Dollywood does this well because they have many smoking areas that are not totally away from the action but far away from the non-smoking public to prevent problems. Of course it doesn't hurt that whether you're a smoker or non-smoker you have amazing scenery and atmosphere either way.
Not sure what parks your going to but I've never been to one that allows smoking in a line. I'm a smoker myself, and I have no problem informing people (which I always do) of the line policy when I'm at a park or working at mine for that matter. Maybe you should grow a set and speak up to these people instead of crying about it on a message board.
I'm all for smoke free environments at parks so long as there are designated smoking areas for smokers. Holiday World has a good handle on this, offering some very nice areas in their park that make smokers feel included instead of excluded.
PKI's smoking areas are rather hard to find, so I can see smokers lighting up anywhere...not to mention the smokers who simply don't care to follow the rules, or possibly are unaware of them. It's the selfish and beligerant smokers that give those of us who are considerate smokers a bad rep.
Not only is it not his job to enforce it, it's usually not worth the hassle that the smoker puts up. I've had people get irate and start spewing cuss words at me in front of my child when I've asked them to put out their sticks. So not only are they putting that crap in my daughters lungs, they are putting nasty words in her ears also.
All of them should be non-smoking. When I go to a casino in the United States it makes me sick to stomach. I have to fill my lungs with second hand smoke every single breathe just to play a few slot machines! If people want to kill themselves smoking do it else where, go outside and the same goes for the Six flags parks do it else where. I'm a hockey player as well so it never has amused me very muck.
Um lets see
Bad breathe, staind teeth, yellow fingers, wrinkled face, Disgusting stench, black lungs etc.
CPLady you are exactly right. Many of my close friends smoke and are very nice people and would put out there ciggarette right away if someone asked. It is the people like loriu describes that I cannot stand. Ignorent stuck up smokers should all just die and go away forever. *** This post was edited by Blink3020 1/20/2006 1:19:23 PM ***