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Knott's to go completely smoke-free?

Knott's Berry Farm: Tired of all the secondhand smoke at Knott's, sent them a letter, waiting for response, do you think I have convinced them?

From Daniel Hollander
Posted June 25, 2007 at 11:26 PM
Read the description. Do you think I have convinced them? Here is each paragraph summarized into a sentence.

I went to Knott's as a field trip at the end of school, had about 10 encounters with secondhand smoke.

How bad it is.

It can also be an annoyance to people not concerned with long-term health risks, giving them shortness of breath, irritated eyes and annoying smell.

I see you already have non-smoking sections, but sometimes they are not labeled enough or are right on the path to rides and hard or extremely inconvenient to avoid.

The “personal choices” of one person cause other people in your park to breathe in Carbon Monoxide as well as carcinogenic substances including Cadmium, Formaldehyde, Lead, Benzene, Arsenic, Cobalt, plus toxic heavy metals including Mercury, Copper, Cobalt, Lead, as well as other toxins including Toulene, Acetone, DDT, Ammonia and Hydrogen Cyanide.

Smokers facing more smoking band consume 11-17% less and quit 80% more, so you may not be only helping your park.

You will not lose any money if your park goes through a total smoking ban, for every smoker that boycotts it there will be 2 non-smokers that go that wouldn't have gone without the ban.

Other parks, such as disneyland, have gone almost completely smokefree, it's gone great and you should follow suit.

The extra money you make will cover the costs of extra employment and smoke-detectors in a few locations.

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Do you think they will hear me out?


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From McGannahan Skjellyfetti
Posted June 26, 2007 at 8:08 AM
Hopefully they will do something about it. Putting smoking areas where they are in the middle of main routes or next to/near queues isn't right or fair to non-smokers. Smokers do have rights but they should respect the rights of others. The smokers are not to blame, the theme parks are to blame for placing the areas too close to main areas...conversely, placing the areas too far out of the way makes people smoke wherever they want. Its a tricky issue and will not be resolved easily without some type of legal battle...your well thought and important points made to the park in the letter will at the very least be read. What gets done with it is another story.

From Chloe !
Posted June 27, 2007 at 3:13 PM
Knott's is pretty good at trying to make their visitors happy. I'm sure they'll try to do something about it.

From Bo Diddley
Posted September 7, 2007 at 2:44 PM
WTF is your problem?! Secondhand smoke? Are you kidding me? SECONDHAND SMOKE IS AN INDOOR COMPOSITION! Without an entrapment, smoke has no chance to grow stagnant or stale, and is therefore not a health risk! You obviously have too much time on your hands. You don't really care about your health, you only care about making yourself feel important. Guess what? You're not important, you're just a loser who doesn't bother checking the facts. You're not going to get cancer if you walk by a smoker, and you know it. You don't seem to be mentioning anything about the health effects of using cell phones or driving cars, or civilization in general. Get a life.

From Tyler W.
Posted September 7, 2007 at 5:57 PM
Even if it isn't a health risk, it can still be very annoying to have to breathe and smell the smoke.

From Joseph Boone
Posted September 7, 2007 at 7:44 PM
Sometimes I wonder how we all survived before the anti-smoking brigade took over the country. I understand that smoking can sometimes be annoying but when you're outside it really isn't a big deal. I'm more bothered by screaming babies or parents who snarl and bark at their kids than a little swirl of smoke that I can hardly smell before it's gone.

From Ben James
Posted September 8, 2007 at 7:16 AM
First Off, Second-hand smoke has never been classified as an indoor only issue. Second-hand smoke can be anywhere. Outside is better than inside, YES. But, it still exist and yes it still can be a problem for many. Espcially those with Asthma, bronchitis, and emphezema.

The Anti-smoking/tobbacco movement grew as a result of direct scientific data showing that use of tobbacco is bad for you. Tobbacco kills more people every year than alcohol, auto accidents, and illness combined.

The facts are there, whether you accept them or not is up to you. It is up to us as a society to think outside "ourself" and think about what is best for everyone. Children exposed to second-hand smoke be it indoors or out are a greater risk of dying 3-5 years earlier than those who don't.

So, I am not on either side of the movement. My mom and sis smoke, I do not. I am not advocate a ban on smoking as a whole. I do, however, agree that smokers should give non-smokers the ability and right to breath cleaner air than people who choose to smoke.


***In Response original reason of thread***

I do think that your letter will be read and that they may consider tightening their policy. However, I think unless you have a few more people send in letters as well. They may not change anything short-term.

From rafael g
Posted September 8, 2007 at 4:55 PM
i do not smoke, but i do feel bad for smokers. smokers should consider that it does bother non smokers. they should not ban smoking in theme parks. keep them in their smoking area and smokers should listen to the rules. second hand smoke is more annoying than anything. i think that this issue probably was originally over blown.

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