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Old 03-01-2014, 10:38 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by trickiwoo View Post
I couldn't agree more! I'm deathly allergic to popcorn. I live in an apartment, and if my neighbors in the apartment next to mine microwave popcorn, my throat starts to close up. I can't go to movie theaters. At Disney World, I'm able to avoid the stands selling popcorn since I know where they are... but there are lots of guests walking around everywhere with buckets of popcorn, and that is not so easy for me to avoid.

Now yes, living with a smoker or constantly being around smokers will definitely affect your health. But for most people, walking past an outdoor smoking section one time is not going to have any major health affects. If you have an allergy to smoke, then it might. Just like how if I walk past a popcorn kiosk, my throat could close up and I won't be able to breathe. Or if dvczerfs walks past someone wearing perfume, the same thing could happen. Like dvczerfs said, everyone has an issue and a story. You can't around and ban everything that could potentially be a problem. How would you feel if they banned popcorn from Magic Kingdom because it's a health hazard for people like me?

Smoking is legal, and smokers have every right to smoke if they choose. There are designated areas for smokers, and these areas are clearly labeled on the park maps. So if you are bothered by cigarette smoke or have a problem with it, you can easily avoid the areas where there will be smoking.
You and many others have an awful thing to live with. I empathize with what people with severe allergies have to go through. I have a mild allergy related to birch pollen. No raw fruit with pits for me, nor almonds.

Obviously, places cannot ban every allergen from public places, there would be nothing left. People with allergies need to be responsible for their own space and protection. It is a raw deal, but it is reality. People with allergies are a minority. Second hand smoke effects EVERYONE.

I agree that people should be considerate of their perfume use. My wife and I do not wear any, except maybe a tiny bit for a special occasion. I deal with my students excessive use of perfume and AXE on a daily basis. I also deal with kids who do not shower and do not wear deoderant. It is not pleasant at all. I am stuck with it in my classroom. When I am in a public place, I move around it and get on with my life.

I have been very clear with my view on this. The areas need to be more removed from the main walkways. A few have already been pointed out at being in bottleneck places and too close to eateries. They need to be better marked. I shouldn't need to read a map to know that I need to avoid a certain place. It should have a clear boundry, possible even a gate. They need to ban parents from bringing their children into the smoking areas.

I would personally like a total ban, but I doubt that will happen. There is precedent for it including atheletic fields and beaches, but it won't happen. The argument that people have THE RIGHT to smoke though, is invalid. Entry onto private property by an admission ticket means that you agree to abide by the rules. If Disney chooses to have a smoking ban, then those are the rules. They already have a dress code and HAVE removed people for dressing like characters. So peoploe do not have the right to wear whatever they want. The same could hold for smoking.
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