Smoking nixed at Six Flags theme parks

NEW YORK -- Six Flags has extinguished smoking at its 27 theme, water and animal parks throughout the U.S.

The company 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 smoking customers.

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 policies.

This month, 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.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michael Milligan at [email protected].

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