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Old 01-03-2018, 05:12 PM
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2018 update: https://www.pdga.com/announcements/2...-policy-update
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Effective January 1, 2018 the use of tobacco products is prohibited on the grounds of any venue while hosting PDGA Majors, National Tours, and any lower tier events run concurrently with a National Tour event.
I'm not bothered by this at all.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:31 PM
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lolol tobacco products or nicotine products? huge difference.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:38 PM
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Personally, I like this... but this is going to piss off a LOT of players.

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lolol tobacco products or nicotine products? huge difference.
The man's got a point. Vape Bro can still go nuts with his overly scented, battery operated nicotine fix.

I think the PDGA should make a rule that anyone puffing that stuff should tee off first, then go down to their lie and puff all they want. That way, we can tell what the wind's doing at that part of the fairway.

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From the website:

.... includes all smoking and chewing tobacco products as well as electronic/vapor cigarettes (vaping).
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:53 PM
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So much for using them to read the wind...

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On the grounds of any venue? So aren't you even allowed to smoke while spectating after your round is done?
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On the grounds of any venue? So aren't you even allowed to smoke while spectating after your round is done?
I assume not. Sounds like even having cigs is technically a violation, even if you aren't smoking them! Crazy, but no one will push back because no one cares about smokers.

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This prohibition includes the entire event (check-in, player meeting, competition rounds, periods before and after the rounds, awards ceremony, etc.)

Should the Tournament Director of such an event decide to provide a special area(s) out of the public eye designated for smoking, then players may use those areas during the round, but all rules concerning the pace of play still apply. (Competition Manual 3.02). However, at no time may a TD declare public congregation areas such as Tournament Central to be a designated smoking area.

For players and their caddies, any open and visual possession of any product banned under the smoking policy will be treated as a courtesy violation, and violators will be asked to put away the product until after the event has concluded. Subsequent violations will be handled per PDGA Rule 812.C with penalty throws assessed and repeated violations may result in disqualification in accordance with Competition Manual Section 3.03 - Player Misconduct.
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I'm a non-smoker... makes me a lil' bit sick, but to be honest, I think this seems excessive. If the TD is willing to establish a designated smoking area, does it really have to be "out of the public eye?"

I shouldn't have to make a conscious effort to avoid 2nd hand smoke around tourney central, or during the round. But I do think basically hiding smokers away where they can't be seen by the public is treating them like 2nd class citizens. Should be OK to designate a smoking area 100 ft or so away from tourney central so that they can still see and hear what's going on.


And exactly where is "out of the public eye" supposed to be in a public park?

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A lot of parks don't permit smoking already or only allow it in the parking area. Some of the courses in Bowling Green, KY are like that.
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