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Gillette Stadium outlaws smoking

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Robert Kraft no longer has to worry about anyone putting out their Kools on his floor.

The Patriots announced Monday morning that smoking has been banned throughout Gillette Stadium. There had previously been designated smoking areas within the gates of the stadium, but trips to flavor country will no longer be allowed once patrons make their way through the turnstiles. The ban will go into effect immediately, with a New England Revolution game this Saturday serving as the first event played under the new rules.

The majority of NFL stadiums do not allow smoking anywhere inside their gates, which makes sense given how many states and municipalities have enacted laws against smoking in public places. Some stadiums allow fans to exit and re-enter if they wish to smoke, the Bengals recently put such a policy into place, but, generally speaking, the only smoke you’ll see at most NFL games is going to come from the ears of coaches watching players fail to execute their perfectly prepared game plans.

Given the NFL’s zeal for merchandising, it’s a bit surprising that these moves to ban smoking haven’t come with a way to make some money attached. Nicotine patches with team logos would help smokers get through games without a fix while also helping teams create new revenue streams.

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31 Responses to “Gillette Stadium outlaws smoking”
  1. rc33 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:16 AM

    But feel free to continue getting sloppy drunk.

  2. johnnyparada says: Jul 9, 2012 11:21 AM

    Or just they could just stay at home and smoke all they want (something the league and stadium owners also don’t want)

  3. neraider says: Jul 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    These rugs are Persian.

    From Persia

  4. pftwstbshmc says: Jul 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    This is ridiculous….

    It’s not like the stadium is indoors. It is open air with a breeze usually blowing on any given day.

    Guess there is a certian fan base that teams don’t care about having.

  5. joetoronto says: Jul 9, 2012 11:26 AM

    I quit a couple of months ago but I feel for the smokers out there, it’s going way too far.

    They shouldn’t have to leave the stadium altogether.

  6. nebster21 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:28 AM

    wow. Of course why does this suprise anyone. He is also one of two main forces in getting two NFL teams Salary Cap reduced for not breaking any rules. I really hope that they lose a bunch of season ticket holder because of this.

    I am a non smoker but if someone wants to smoke away from the seats and in a place the is open such as walkways to upper levels I see no reason why they should not be able to go out there and smoke.

  7. benh999 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:38 AM

    Will they be banning those muskets they shoot off too? Plenty of smoke comes from those, and while I am not a toxicologist, I think sulfur and charcoal smoke is believed to be far more dangerous than tobacco smoke.

  8. 4thqtrsaint says: Jul 9, 2012 11:43 AM

    Electric cigs… Easy solution… If you get a good brand… The ones I use are awesome… I started on them so I could smoke indoors… The side effect is, I cut my regular smoking in half :)

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 9, 2012 11:45 AM

    Good. Why should non-smokers be forced to subject themselves to omeone else’s bad habit?

  10. ezmoover says: Jul 9, 2012 11:52 AM

    So glad that the bravest generation kicked the snot out of the Socialist Democrat Germans in WWII.

    The last thing the good ol’ USA wants is a bunch of sniveling Nazis imposing their will on the rest of the population.

  11. 12strikes says: Jul 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    Jonathan Vilma put up 10 large for anyone knocking out a smoker in the Super Dome.

  12. wozzmann1955 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:56 AM

    I am so surprised anyone is left alive here on earth cause of them damn ciggys,,thank you so much for making my choices so easy.Smoking is so bad for you,you may have a concussion and not even know it if you smoke.Remember not to inhale any air near a smoker,its much better to suck in car exhaust and pay your health tax.

  13. Josh Alper says: Jul 9, 2012 12:01 PM

    Well played, neraider. Was hoping someone would catch that.

  14. wozzmann1955 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:11 PM

    Why even think,just let the government and the nfl do your thinking for you.Let Big Daddy make your decisions for you.Just sit back and enjoy the tax.

  15. niko0063 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:38 PM

    doesnt realy matter, ban smoking and theyll just smoke in the bathroom

  16. nickster31 says: Jul 9, 2012 12:45 PM

    One more reason to stay at home and watch the game on the big screen WHILE saving money.

  17. granadafan says: Jul 9, 2012 12:52 PM

    Given the stupidity of so many people, it’s no wonder we need so many laws. Yes, we are a civilized nation of laws.

    Also, don’t underestimate the power of the threat of a lawsuit where season ticket holders will sue the Krafts and the NFL for lung cancer one day, claiming they were subjected to 2nd hand smoke. People have already successfully sued tobacco companies for their own habit.

  18. beelicker says: Jul 9, 2012 12:56 PM

    ezmoover says:

    >>> The last thing the good ol’ USA wants is a bunch of sniveling Nazis imposing their will on the rest of the population <<<

    … which is exactly what SMOKERS are doing when they light up – even outdoors – in imposing their ob/noxious by-product of choice with over 100 poisons & toxins on anyone else unfortunate enough to share the same relative airspace … all the while whinebagging like little wounded divas how everyone else isn't respecting 'their' rights to assault everyone else with their smoke.

  19. patswinagain says: Jul 9, 2012 12:58 PM

    This isn’t about impinging on your freedoms. These issues are always about law suits and money. I couldn’t give a rats behind about your smoking. I just don’t want to have to keep shoveling my tax dollars to your life support systems 30 years from now because you’re too stupid to realize that putting smoke in you lungs is a bad thing. Not everyone finishes at the top of their class…but this is pretty obvious!

  20. upperdecker19 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:00 PM

    The guy that wants the NFL in London has banned the “Euros” favorite pastime from his stadium?

  21. theralph2012 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:27 PM

    So does that mean Mario Williams will be banned when he SMOKES the Pats double team and pounds Tom Brady’s ugly mug into the ground?

  22. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 9, 2012 1:28 PM

    “Given the NFL’s zeal for merchandising, it’s a bit surprising that these moves to ban smoking haven’t come with a way to make some money attached”

    How about seating in sealed “Smoker’s Boxes” that carry a premium price tag? There would be costs for installing the ventilation systems, etc., but it seems like the concept would pay for itself eventually, and thereafter generate a profit.

    Not a smoker, so I don’t know if people would really pay for it, but I have seen people standing outside a building in -20 degree weather just to grab a ciggy . . . .

  23. daysend564 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:34 PM

    Keep your cancer sticks at home where you can limit it to killing yourself, spouse, and children.

    Thanks

  24. stull60060 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:44 PM

    I am not a smoker. However, cigarettes are a legal product just like any other product that is sold in a store. The government steals billions of dollars in taxes from people who buy cigarettes under the guise of protecting ” The Children” and paying health care costs for the free loaders who want someone else to pay for their health insurance. Then the government doesn’t use the money for health care at all. It is used for all kinds of other nonsense totally unrelated to your health. Not allowing a person to smoke in a public place is unconstitutional. The owners of a private establishment can make their own policy. You don’t have to go there if you don’t want to. Patswinagain says he doesn’t want his tax dollars paying for a smoker’s life support 30 years from now. I guess he assumes the government pays for his health care. You buy health insurance through your employer or on your own. Only the free loaders get health care from the government (tax payers). Also, what about people who are labelled obese under the goverrnment’s definition? What about pot smokers? What about drug users? What about people who drink alcohol? What about people who eat fast food? Where does it end? I’m sure most normal people don’t want anyone telling them what they can eat, what they can drive, what light bulb they can use, etc. etc. IT’S NONE OF YOUR F#$KING BUSINESS!!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY THE GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. tannethrill says: Jul 9, 2012 1:47 PM

    All people do now is smoke on escalators, in the bathroom or out in the open while moving quickly.

    Should have at least a designated area.

  26. tcostant says: Jul 9, 2012 1:55 PM

    Talk to your headline writter. They “Banned” smoking, they didn’t Outlaw it. Unless the Pats can now make laws in the USA; then that should be the headline.

  27. grogansheroes says: Jul 9, 2012 2:06 PM

    theralph2012 says:
    Jul 9, 2012 1:27 PM
    So does that mean Mario Williams will be banned when he SMOKES the Pats double team and pounds Tom Brady’s ugly mug into the ground?
    ________________________________
    Hope you enjoyed the one win in the last decade against the Pats. You might have to wait another ten for another. Tell me, why do ya think Houston had no interest in signing Williams?

  28. csszrr says: Jul 9, 2012 2:14 PM

    So they build most of these stadiums on sin taxes–booze ciggys etc.–yet those who are responsible for the lion share of the funding are excluded from partaking in their vice of choice. Also for those that call ciggys toxic to all those around … have another 46 oz. beer and beat your kid’s ass in a drunken rage when your team loses b/c the good lerd knows that that is way better than the occasional ciggy. FASCISTS.

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 9, 2012 2:43 PM

    Do not give up your constitutional right!

    “Remember, when smoking is outlawed, only outlaws will smoke!”.

  30. patswinagain says: Jul 9, 2012 3:06 PM

    Stull60060 says: ” I guess he assumes the government pays for his health care. You buy health insurance through your employer or on your own. Only the free loaders get health care from the government (tax payers). Also, what about people who are labelled obese under the goverrnment’s definition? What about pot smokers? What about drug users? What about people who drink alcohol? What about people who eat fast food? Where does it end?”

    You’re makin my point! Look around dooosh! Hospitals are full of cancer ridden/emphasema smokers with no insurance (or any other means of paying for it). Someone’s paying those bills. As for the over indulgers of food, drugs & alcohol…ditto!

  31. brady2gronk47 says: Jul 9, 2012 4:52 PM

    As someone who used to smoke…I can tell all those smokers out there…You have no idea just how intrusive n offensive second hand smoke can be. I wish I knew then what I know now n I would have never smoked in public areas…that said there should be 1 designated area for smokers…last but not least after all the great information we have these days it bewilders me why people are still smoking…not one good thing comes from it. Its expensive, it stinks, proven to cause cancer n highly offensive n intrusive to those who do not smoke…Go Pats in 2012

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