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Cigars part of race course tradition

A bettor puffs on a cigar as he looks over the entries at Saratoga Race Course last Friday.
A bettor puffs on a cigar as he looks over the entries at Saratoga Race Course last Friday.
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Horses — most of them long shots — get smoked at Saratoga on a regular basis. So do cigars. “They’re a symbol of the track,” said Alex Waters, who was selling rolled tobacco inside the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe booth at Saratoga Race Course earlier this week. “Cigars, race tracks, fun stuff and just enjoying yourself. I do a lot of beer fests, and cigars are crazy busy.” Men and women strike and smoke on ...

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DakChili
August 23, 2013
8:12 a.m.

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I strongly disapprove of any smoking at the track. It causes me to be ill when I am exposed to tobacco smoke. If you want to smoke do it in your own home not in public where you are exposing innocent individuals to the deadly effects of your smoking habit. I have the right to enjoy public places just like everyone else and I should not be forced to change my plans due to smokers. I personally do not care if smokers who are forced not to smoke at the track decide never to return. I am sick and tired of being exposed to the toxins from smokers.

poupore
August 23, 2013
8:55 a.m.

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I understand that people don't like to be around smoke, but when you're in an outdoor area you can easily get away from the cigar smoke. I am a cigar smoker and I'm always aware of my surroundings and make every effort to not affect the people around me. However, cigar smoking is still approved at the track, and I suspect it always will be. So if you don't like it, sit in the grandstand/clubhouse or some other area where it is prohibited.

robbump
August 24, 2013
7:04 p.m.

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If there's a roof over your head, you're indoors and should not be smoking. In constricted areas .. like lines (queues), seating areas, and the like .. there should be no smoking.
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But it is poor policy to prohibit it in the entire facility. No one 100 feet away is seriously affecting anyone smoking. Similarly, Schenectady passed its crazy "no smoking in any park" law a year or so ago ... too broad a restriction with no hope of being enforced.

DakChili
August 24, 2013
10:38 p.m.

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I beg to differ. The smoke carries in the air and prevents people like myself from being able to breathe. You smokers do not realize how many people you are truly poisoning with your smoke. You want to smoke, go do it in your own home by yourself where you will not expose anyone to harm. The track is a state park and I believe the state was working on a smoking ban in all state parks. By the way to those who think NYRA owns the track, think again. It is state property along with the other 2 NYRA managed tracks. Why should I pay for grandstand or club house seats if I want to have a picnic with my family? Also just to note that I have personally seen patrons leaning over the upper grandstand raining or on the stair landings smoking. Their bodies are still physically in the building so they are breaking the law. Today I could not even breathe while waiting for my spouse to pick me up as I am disabled and can not walk far so I waited at one of the benches provided outside the backyard area where people just lit up with no care for who they could be poisoning. There was no where else to sit to wait for my spouse so I could not avoid the area as you people seem to think is always possible. Smoke travels in the air whether you are indoors or outside.

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