NEW YORK -- Six
Flags has extinguished smoking at its 27 theme, water and animal
parks throughout the U.S.
already had a policy in place prohibiting guests from smoking in
childrens areas, ride lines or at its water parks.
As part of the new
smoke-free policy, the theme park operator said it would offer
designated smoking zones within each park to accommodate the parks
Making our parks
smoke-free will be an enhancement to the quality of the Six Flags
experience, and our guests will think so, too -- nobody should be
forced to dodge clouds of smoke, said Mark Shapiro, Six Flags
president and CEO in a statement. Designating specific smoking
zones will allow for a cleaner, friendlier park atmosphere where
families can enjoy spending their day.
Six Flags joins a
growing list of travel-related companies to institute smoke-free
Westin became the first hotel chain to institute a 100% smoke-free
policy, banning smoking in all 77 of its properties in the U.S.,
Canada and the Caribbean. Smoking is permitted only in designated
areas outside of the hotels.
In addition to
airlines, long on the smoke-free list, smoking also is not
permitted on Frances TGV trains, aboard Amtrak rail cars and in
many convention centers including the MGM Grand Conference Center
in Las Vegas.
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