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[Smoking horse] Dateline: 09/11/97

Smoking at the Track/OTB Poll Results

Here are some of the more interesting comments that were made. All spelling and punctuation is as appeared in the actual response. If you want to see all the commments, please check here.

Comments = This factor is keeping many other people from even being interested in attending the races or OTBs.

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Comments = This is horseracing. You come to gamble and watch the horses run. This ain't church.
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Comments = At Del Mar, people are smoking (both cigarettes and cigar) everywhere, even in areas where there are posted signs of NO SMOKING. The Grandstand (2nd floor 5th floor), is where the air got most polluted
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Comments = a ban on all cigar smoking. no smoking indoors. outdoors only in the farhtest reaches of the grandstand under no cover. or in the clubhouse parking lot-Z section.
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Comments = I think all public places should banned unlimited smoking and have designated areas where we smokers can keep our bad habits to ourselves. The designated areas should be places that are in open air (or the special well ventilated room). This worked at Del Mar. Lots of times at the tracks I get so caught up in the live action that I don't think about smoking. Simulcasting is different though- then I really crave cigs. By the way, I found it impossible to stay inside the Lone Star Simulcasting Pavillion because of the smoke! (and I am a smoker!) On the other hand everyone in there was smoking. But there should be at all tracks and simulcasts facilities smoke free areas - and these areas should be larger and more plentiful than smoking areas. AND NO CIGARS!!!!!
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Comments = Smokers have lives to! The sorry shape horse raceing is in it needs every fan and $ it can get. If non smokers try to control horse raceing they well not have to worry about smoke at the tracks there won't be any horse raceing to go to. If you look around at the track or OTB non smokers are out number it. Non smokers go to church
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Comments = Non-smoking options should always be available. A ban on smoking all together doesn't make economic sense. If a track wants to eliminate smoking they should at least leave the outdoors areas open for smoking. Thats the only place I smoke, so I personally wouln't be too upset if smoking was prohibited in the grandstand area.
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Comments = Hoosier Park has it right here, I think. Grandstand is smoking, Clubhouse non-smoking, and outdoors is not monitored.
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Comments = The area with the best monitors and with low level lighting is a smoking area, They have half of this large room marked as "non-smoking" but it is still a smoky area.
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Comments = If I am not winning, then the thought of all the cigarette smoke is enought to keep me away. If I'm winning, then I endure the smoke. If smokers want to endanger their health let them, but I don't like them endangering mine.
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Comments = As everyone knows, secondhand smoke can be harmful to one's health. I suppose that I might be able to avoid a smoker in the grand- stand, but in the dining room I can't. Also, the smell really ruins one's meal. If smokers would just show some consideration to where they blow their smoke, it would be a big help. Most of them are so oblivious.
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Comments = When the Lewiston OTB was a harness track (defunct 1990), I was a regular. The smoke was so bad that a friend had special "racetrack clothes" he wore only to the track, ones that had been steeped in the tobacco odor. Friends who came to the track were horrified by the smell. The OTB is better - they've installed air-filtering devices and offer one non-smoking room - but the stench is still there. I have less of a problem with smoking at good-weather, open-air grandstands tracks, but indoors at OTB, or indoors at bad-weather/enclosed facilities the smell/irritation is worse than at a bar.
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Comments = The majority of citizens no longer smoke. Nearly 75% of the population does not smoke. Racetracks are losing on-track people, one of the reasons is the smoke filled atmosphere.. Providing non-smokeing areas should only make good business cents to reacetrack managers. We avoid areas that allow smoking. We have cut back the number of times we attend OTBs and racetrack visits because you cannot avoid the second-hand smoke. If racetracks want to attract new visitors and keep their old ones, they must proivde non-smoking areas.
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Comments = People should be free to smoke all they want at home or in their private automobile. I see no reason that they have "rights" to smoke in public. There many other personal habits that people have a right to indulge in private, but are banned from doing in public places.
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Comments = I think the tracks should try to please both smokers and non-smokers. Their reasons for not doing that I just don't understand. With casinos pleasing everyone and attendance at tracks getting lower you would think they would change their thinking. H.T.
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Comments = I hate being around smokers now, but because the track is no place for prudes, I hesitate to banish smokers/ing from it although I, for one, would be more comfortable without it.
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Comments = derby lane opened the non-smoking area about July 1, 1997. It's great !!!!!! packed all of the time while there is plenty of room in the smoking areas most of the time. As a matter of fact many of the 'smokers' sit in the non-smoking section and go outside or into the smoking area to smoke then return to their seats in non-smoking to ENJOY the races. From what i see it would nor affect attendance if they made the entire facility non-smoking.
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