Originally Posted by petershive
to the_kid and james_mccaine:
There was urgency in the "smoking" matter. Some members had requested that we define the policy for 2012 before they were asked to renew their memberships. We felt that was a reasonable request.
It didn't bother me at all that Board members may not have taken a stance on the issue during the campaign. If we could only act on issues from our campaign platforms we couldn't do much of anything. For example, I covered by far the most extensive range of campaign issues, but I said relatively little about smoking. My "smoking" comments were mostly just asides related to drug testing issues.
I voted for the "tobacco-free" policy. I was most strongly influenced by two considerations. First, I felt that the PDGA is making a serious effort to improve its image at showcase events. It seemed reasonable to me that they be allowed to try this policy at Majors -- events actually owned by the PDGA. There are only seven of these, while there are about1000 PDGA events overall. I would not vote for such a policy if it extended beyond the Majors. Second, the concession that smoking could be permitted in areas defined by the TD appealed to me.
Please read the policy as described by Rebecca on the front page. The details are all there. You can carry tobacco products, but "open and visual possession" subjects you to a courtesy violation.
What about a Joe Camel or Marlboro dyes? WHat about having butts in your bag? My favorite was the candy cigarette one though.
The issue I don't get is no e-cigs at all due to the fact they make ones that look nothing like cigarettes.