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after yesterdays announcement that from the 1st july the ground will become a smoke free zone what are the fans thoughts i am a smoker but never smoke in the stands only on the terraceing behind the sticks and when i do that always move away from other fans and stand at the back near the railings with a pint

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Ive never smoked..... but surely in a stadium tge size of por there's room for a small corner for the fag addicts???

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I packed in over 45 years ago and even a whiff of a cig makes me feel sick. I take Robin's point though and feel a section could be reserved for smokers. But would they keep to the rules? Further will it stop people going? I would like to know for what reason was the rule made.

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I'm a non smoker, Terry is a smoker, when he's been to back of Family stand for a cig he comes back stinking of tobacco, he cannot smell it non smokers can.

I'm sure a designated section of the ground (shelter) could be set aside for those who cannot go through watching a rugby game without a dreaded cig.

I'm more concerned as to how they would police this and how many lost supporters it will cost us, cos you can bet some will stop coming cos they cannot have a cig for a couple of hours

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Never touched one , but think it will cost us a few fans for sure.

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i stopped smoking in 1973, but as has been said, if we can't give fans somewhere to smoke then it will cost us. rethink needed surely. to charge fans £17 then dictate to them that they can't smoke at all. not on

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How about a designated area where people could have a smoke at half time and then return to their place on the terraces or stand. That would keep them and non smokers happy. Why the club have introduced the rule lord only knows.

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Just a bit of common sense on this one. Almost every non-smoker I know at fev says a smoking van is OTT.

LIke dydo suggest, a ban may cost us a few regulars!

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I agree - ban it on the terracing if needs be, but let's have a couple of area's where you can smoke say behind the family stand and behind the main stand.

I'm a non - smoker too.

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wonder if it's anything to do with insurance premiums the club has to pay

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With all the extra facilities were creating at the stadium to attract new fans , it would be silly not to install a small dedicated smoking area/facility for fans that already come , but may not if it wasent offered .

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Cant really understand the decision myself im a non smoker but occasionally go to the games with smokers, i just cant see some of them lasting nearly 2 hours without a fag, theyl probably not go. A little plastic bus shelter type round the back of the stand would do the trick

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Club House has been no Smoking for quite sometime now it has not stopped people going in for a drink, most grounds are none smoking now, people will get used to it IMO.

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Cos people can go outside and smoke at the mo!

People will get used to it??

People said similar when the LVA warned of wholesale pub closures as a direct result of the smoking ban.

research has since concluded that the overwheliming factor affecting pub closures since 2007 has been... the smoking ban. People most certainly DIDN'T get used to i tjohn. And now its too late.

I honestly can't see why in the 21st century we cant cater for everyone.??

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They may have had a smoke before they went in the club ,or after , its not a full 2 hours or so nipping in for a pint . And thats bearing in mind ive never touched a fag and hate them . Ive got a few family members that go now that wouldnt go if they couldnt have a smoke for 2 hours , i cant for the life of me understand it . But it is a fact in black and white .

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are we so well off for fans that we can afford to turn them away.

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Its cigs now old rover , it will probably be booze next in tiime , then pies and all other fattening food haha.

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Its cigs now old rover , it will probably be booze next in tiime , then pies and all other fattening food haha.

Haha according to one of our supporters pies are already to hot!! And have put a complaint into the club

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As a smoker I agree that others shouldn't have to put up with smokers, and even in areas not designated as non-smoking I am very aware of my actions and the negative effect that has on others, especially children, so usually try to find a nice quiet spot away from the crowds to enjoy a choker, unless there is a choker going on, on the field at the time.

 

I can't imagine the ban will keep people away, Fev would always come first before a fag, but I can see it causing increased work for the stewards in policing the policy. There will always be some that try to beat the ban, and especially after a pint or two.

 

Will we have to employ more stewards to maintain a smoke free presence at all areas of the ground?

Will we be banning those that break the rules?

Will there be agro involved?

It seems that in a stadium as open as POR, surely a dingy little corner can be found for the dirty smokers?

 

I had a lovely meeting with a Halifax steward last year, as I was smoking a fag a few feet away from where I should have been. I tried to point out to him that perhaps there were bigger and more drunken problems for him to be dealing with, but he was more interested in my filthy cigarette.

 

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Who knows the reason behind it, it might be a SL thing that we are preparing for? Gone are the days of the John Player floodlit trophy, or the Silk cut Challenge cup....

 

Perhaps it could be discussed at the forum?

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I can believe anything now a days maureen .

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I'll smoke for a month or two then stop for a year I don't give a shiny either way.People who can't take their ale is worse for me. Of course money is made from all sales, therefore it will never cease. Don't see why people need to be b laddered by 10 00 am on an away day.

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i've got no problem with it if you're not in a confined space

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There are easy solutions to this. As always when a rule is made it makes a rod for somebody's back. Compromise and been done with it or lose income.

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Easy solution. No expense. Just open the gates at half time and the smokers go for a smoke outside the ground. Then they just walk back in. What about non payers you say who come back with them. Doesn't matter for a few bodies and they might buy a pint anyway. Simples.

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It doesn't matter about folks getting in for nowt???????
I'm glad I don't come to you for business advice!!!!!

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