Ring in the Baseball Season: Peanuts, Crackerjacks and Electronic Cigarettes
This weekend marks the kickoff of America’s national pastime. And while home openers are veritable unofficial holidays in big league cities around the nation, often times the tobacco cigarette smoker is left on the outside looking in – quite literally.
Smoking in the Stadium: A No No
As fans pack the stadiums of their favorite ball clubs, they are greeted by a myriad of sights, sounds, and smells: The green grass, the crack of the bat, the shouts of the hot dog vendor, and the smell of fresh air. And, with hope springing eternal, fans fanatically embrace these signs, as they dig in for one of the sports world’s most grueling seasons.
But for the tobacco smoker, there is one sign that sticks out, slaps them in the face and shouts “you are not welcome.” This the “No Smoking Sign.”
Smoking Bans at the Ballpark
Overlooking the fact that city sin taxes helped directly fund the building of many of these sporting venues, smoking is prohibited or limited in the vast majority of ballparks, stadiums and arenas. Oft considered the pariah of the modern society, tobacco smokers are then forced to designated smoking areas, or outside the stadium all together. In a game where fortunes can change on a single pitch, this is a banishment which seems far too harsh.
Electronic Cigarette as an Alternative
Electronic cigarettes can help you avoid this banishment. Producing no offensive odor, no smoke, and no ash, electronic cigarettes offer an alternative in areas where smoking is prohibited.
Stadium Smoking Policies on Electronic Cigarettes and Traditional Cigarettes.
If you are unsure of whether the stadium you are visiting permits e-cigs, you may want to visit their website and view their smoking policies. For your convenience, the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF) is offers a listing of Major League Baseball Stadiums and their smoking policies.
While it appears that at least five of Major League stadiums – Safeco Field, Petco Park, Kauffman Stadium, The Great American Ball Park, and Chase Field – have a policy that directly addresses the use of electronic cigarettes, many other ballparks do not. So while you may want to ask before you pull out your e-cig and begin vaping away, e-cigarettes can offer you a way to watch your favorite team, enjoy a e-cig, and never miss a pitch.