April 19, 2007
Jackson, NJ -- Six Flags Great Adventure last year began prohibiting smoking inside the theme park except for designated areas. Now the park is asking the local township to backup their policy by passing an ordinance that would ban smoking inside amusement parks.
The proposed ordinance will permit smoking in designated areas, but forbid it everywhere else. Violators will face a fine of $100 to $250 for the first offense. A second offense will increase the maximum to $500 and additional offenses may result in a fine of up to $1000.
A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for next Tuesday, but already the mayor and members of the council have voiced their support for the ordinance. They want to help Six Flags enforce their policy.
"We are supporting Six Flags Great Adventure in their effort for a smoke free environment," said William Santos, township Business Administrator.
Six Flags says they've been aggressively enforcing its no smoking policy this year. Guests who've been caught have being immediately escorted off the premises.
A park official said they've already ejected 75 people from the theme park since they reopened on April 2.
Guests who are removed do not receive a refund.
Six Flags says all guests are informed of the policy when they enter the park and they are also warned of the consequence if caught.
Similar no-smoking policies have been enacted at all of Six Flags theme parks nationwide. The company is striving to create a family friendly atmosphere, so having a smoke-free environment is important.
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