Six Flags announces smoke-free parks

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.

Read the press release from Six Flags via Yahoo.

Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:14 PM
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.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 5:50 PM
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?
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:20 PM
"improving the family entertainment experience"

Yeah, becuase we all know theres no families that smoke. I hope they at least have designated areas like at PKI.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:52 PM
As quoted in the article:

"Designating specific smoking zones will allow for a cleaner, friendlier park atmosphere where families can enjoy spending their day."

~josh

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Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:56 PM
These policys are rarely policed very well, as I see people smoking all the time in places like PKI, which became smoke-free in 2005. Still, I am glad to see this!
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 8:06 PM
Guest at SFKK will be THRILLED!
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Thursday, January 19, 2006 9:34 PM
Busch tried to do it (Williamsburg) and the program wasn't working because it wasn't universally enforced.
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Friday, January 20, 2006 12:11 AM
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.
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Friday, January 20, 2006 12:34 AM
Timmyk, I'm not sure about Louisville, but I know Lexington already has a ban on smoking inside restaurants and bars. If Louisville has done the same, I doubt if people will mind that much.

I know there are several people here that don't like smoking bans, but they make the majority, including myself, happy.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 2:01 AM
Louisville did just pass one recently, however a lot of places got exemptions.
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Friday, January 20, 2006 2:45 AM
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.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 4:39 AM
scubasteve673042

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.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 10:09 AM
Probably SFKK. I saw people drop their butts right before getting into the coasters. We had to wait to board while the previous passenger lit up before exiting the train.

The designated smoking areas seem to work well at Holiday World. Here's hoping that SF can pull it off as well.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 10:09 AM
Why should he say anything? It's not his job to enforce park policy.


Yeah, becuase we all know theres no families that smoke.

Sure there are. We've all seen the parent smoking in the front seat and the 5-year old getting his share in the back.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 10:30 AM
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.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 10:36 AM
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.
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Friday, January 20, 2006 1:15 PM
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.

Sounds like fun to me.

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Friday, January 20, 2006 1:16 PM
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 ***
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Friday, January 20, 2006 1:24 PM
I dont see this changing anything at the park, at least not at SFGAm. They currently have a smoke-fee line policy which really amounts to the only place you can't smoke is by the fastpass line merge.
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