According to this WCCO article, the Minnesota State Fair is looking to come into the present by limiting where smokers can light up on the fairgrounds. While the act of limiting smoking to designated areas is not surprising in the least, the way they are emphasizing that people will still be allowed to smoke is.
From the article:
Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said he wants to make it clear: Smoking will still be allowed on the fairgrounds, but not nearly in as many areas.
Starting with this year’s fair, smoking will be limited to designated areas.
Hammer said they are responding to increasing complaints about smoking and a changing culture.
“When I started working long ago, you smoked everywhere, including in office buildings. That’s changed quite a bit,” Hamer said. “As time goes on, there are greater changes that people start to expect.”
The vast majority of people expect NO SMOKING anywhere these days, especially when they’re toting children and stuffing food in their mouths. With that in mind, it’s surprising that the General Manager would be so adamant that smoking will still be allowed on the fairgrounds. Personally I would much prefer they ban it entirely. I don’t want to have to dodge inconsiderate individuals allowing their blowing smoke to slap my children in the face or have to glare at those who don’t think for a second that their ‘after dinner mint’ is affecting my eating of some overpriced and overcooked piece of meat on a stick.
What do you think about this one? Are you surprised the State Fair still allows smoking anywhere on the fairgrounds? Are you surprised that smoking isn’t limited to designated areas already? Are you annoyed by those who smoke without consideration for others? How about their insistence that people will still be able to smoke? Do you think that would really change their business? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.