Skip to comments.Daytona Speedway to ban smoking
Posted on 02/23/2012 5:49:22 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
A smoking ban will prevent NASCAR fans from lighting up in the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway starting with the Coke Zero 400 in July.
Fans will be required to use certain designated areas behind the grandstands once the ban takes effect.
Joie Chitwood III, the Speedway's president, said it's a sign of the times and that no other venue in Florida allows smoking in the stands.
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Whatever. The entire world should ban smoking and ban the existence of tobacco - a totally USELESS product, like pit bulls and democraps.
Not much “use” for alcohol or non-procreation sex either.
It’s rare to a NASCAR enthusiast that DOESN’T smoke. This won’t go over well at all. What’s next? Lowfat nacho cheese and baked Lays potato chips?
The concession stand foods will be monitored by the greatest of the great food monitors, Mrs. Dear Leader...
Yep, and wash it down with a Coke Zero.
With due respect, YOU are part of the problem. I have no use for tobacco myself - but anyone who condones banning of a legal substance - which you have just done - is part of the problem. What are you going to do when something you think is useful is the target?
So you want to ban something you don't like.
What a crapweasel you must be.
“...a totally USELESS product...”
Just like the race sponsor, “coke zero”?
Boy did you step in it, buddy. As a cigar smoker, I take issue with your assessment. The money I pay in taxes alone for each cigar I buy probably affects your life in some way. Take away the tobacco tax cash cow, and I'd bet you'd find something else to bitch about.
Useless to who? Just you, or the millions of people who use it?
The NASCAR fans who smoke have the option to vote with their wallets by not attending. In this case it is not the government but a private enterprise limiting smoking.
All those fragrant incenses, candles, airwicks, etc. that is used in a house is probably worse for you than a whiff of smoke.
This wont go over well at all.
NASCAR survived the ban on tobacco involvement back some years ago which took sponsorship from cars, races, etc. The fans will adapt.
I’d say your tagline applies to you, pal. Lieberal Dimocrats want to control peoples lives...that label fits you to a tee. Not a lot of room for freedom in your world, is there?
This is interesting to me because the ONLY place I go these days where there is smoking allowed is the race track.
Having grown up in a smoking household, and worked in smoke-filled offices for many years, it now is really noticeable to encounter a place where smoking is allowed.
Attendance will go down b/c of the smoking ban, so ticket prices will go up which will further drive attendance down, so ticket prices will necessarily go up again....and so it will go.
But at least NASCAR will be PC compliant. Bah!
Is NASCAR serious about banning smoking?If they are they’re NUTS.The vehicles racing around the track probably produce more carcinogens than a single cigarette.
The even is held outdoors as well.NASCAR should leave its fans alone and let them enjoy the race or they wll soon become a has been.
Ahh, the putrid reek of hysterical authoritarianism in the morning...
I’ve attended numerous races. Very few smokers in the stands anymore. Just good business. You want to smoke, go out on the concourse so you are not smoking in your neighbor’s face. They’ not prohibiting smoking at the track, just in the stands.
Bottled water and water should be banned.
Water causes drowning.
that might be the new definition of oxymoron
I find the NASCAR event silly. People paying money and going to watch fast cars. Obviously I’m not into cars, fast cars. Even though I’m not a fan, I just cannot picture the event without people smoking. It seems those activities go hand in hand.
Banning smoking at these events is crazy. It’s like having an apple pie without the apples.
Instead of separating the smokers from the non smokers, they should separate the non smokers from the smokers. Lock them up in a small room and let them breathe their own air. See how long they last. Breath mint anyone? LOL
Let the smokers have their fun outdoors! They paid for it!
I’ve never smoked cigarettes but grew up around them my entire life. I don’t disdain the smell of cigarettes, but the smell of a good cigar is much more preferable. The worst smokers are those who smoke in their own homes. Despite being a cigar smoker, I go to my mother’s house, and it’s all you smell when you walk in the door. When I work on her computers, the intakes are just caked in yellowy dust. It’s a bit unsavory.
My lady and I smoke on our porch with a fan blowing out the back. It’s not the smoke, it’s the nicotine that I try to avoid getting all into the house. Otherwise, I say, let them smoke at their leisure.
It’s funny how a few centuries ago tobacco was de rigeur, and nowadays it’s a tried-and-true bugaboo. Back then, smoking was a social/leisure activity after a day of plowing fields or hunting. Nowadays people spark up a smoke whenever the day gets a little too rough or after a heavy meal. Our problem isn’t explicitly tobacco, it’s all the other garbage we put into our bodies as well.
I agree with Nascar on this. I don't want to sit watching a race smelling nasty smoke. What about my right not to have to smell it?
Just like sitting in the car at a red light and smelling the smoke coming in through my vent from the smoker directly ahead of me.
That being said I am not for banning cigs and think people should be able to buy them and smoke if they want but don't expect me to have to breathe in that crap.
“don’t expect me to have to breathe in that crap”
But you don’t mind the exhaust of the cars?
Ever cook with a grill?
“Just like sitting in the car at a red light and smelling the smoke coming in through my vent from the smoker directly ahead of me.”
The car belonging to the smoker in front of you may have some bad stuff in it’s exhaust as well. But, it’d be hard to be sitting in a car behind a car at a light and not have that.
This is the wrong time to implement something like this. The campgrounds are barely half full and now they’re banning the diehard fans a cigar or a smoke while attending the only vacation they’ll take all year. Pure stupidity. What’s next Daytona, ban smoking at Bike Week and Spring Break?
What a bunch of Chit.
I reckon there’ll be a market for non-smoking tires, too...
“a totally USELESS product”
So are many things that you use every day. Maybe those should be banned.
Where is it the government’s (that’s you and everyone else) place to tell everyone what they can and cannot have based on usefulness?
Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
“What about my right not to have to smell it? “
At a NASCAR race??? Never been to one I take it. Exhaust from race cars and tire smoke and BBQ shacks and you want to claim that BS line??
Yes I have been to one and many drag races. Big difference between exhaust and tire smoke and someone puffing right in your face with nasty cigs. No worse smell.
I don't smell the exhaust of cars sitting in front of me unless it's a diesel. I do smell cigs when the people in front of me have their window down.
I grill all the time and don't smell much smoke if very little.
Correct. We should ban everything that isn't totally needed for human survival. Heck we should just have central planning and government run grocery stores that sell only 10 items essential items needed for basic survival.
The Nascar Cup Series hasn’t been the Winston Cup Series since 2003.
Is there some other Winston Cup I don’t know about?
If someone smokes around me and I can smell it, I’ll die from lung cancer. It’s science and you can’t argue with science. It’s not a race track. It’s a DEATH TRACK. I don’t want to die in Daytona because some wretched inbred slob wants to satisfy his deadly addiction. I wanted to see Tony Stewart win and that shouldn’t be my final sight before I cough my last. Keep Smoke on the track,not in the stands. Watching a race should not be an immediate death sentence.
Not just Nascar but the whole culture. It's all part of the ongoing wussification of America. Think of how tough the people were that came across the west in covered wagons. A trip that took months and cost everything they had, and sometimes their lives. Now people whine and bellyache for a new law when somebody in the car next to them at the light is smoking a freakin' cigarette. Lord help us.