Sunday, May 19, 2013
New ‘No Smoking’ Policy on Alaska State Fairgrounds Takes Effect
Smokers are still allowed to light up but only in designated smoking areas.
There may be clouds hanging over the Alaska State Fairgrounds during the next few weeks, but there shouldn’t be any among the displays, food booths and footpaths.
That’s because the fair is trying something new this year—a “no smoking” policy on the fairgrounds.
Smokers are still allowed to light up but only in designated smoking areas, and fair officials are still working to get the word out about the new policy.
On opening day, fair workers were putting up signs that advised “no smoking” and pointing out the way to the six designated smoking areas for fairgoers who were unaware of the new policy.
Fair officials say they’ve had few complaints so far. One woman said she was thrilled that she and her children didn’t have to sit next to a smoker as they dined on fair food at an outdoor table. But not everyone is happy about the new policy.
“What happened to America?!” Myra Adney, a disgruntled smoker demanded. “I mean, this is ridiculous. I don’t smoke in buildings, but if we are outside in the free air I think it’s our choice to smoke if we want to smoke!”
Fair officials said if a smoker refuses to move to a designated smoking area, they may be asked to leave the fairgrounds.