GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – People at the Great New York State Fair spotted other people smoking cigarettes and complained to NewsChannel 9’s Your Stories team.
Smoking at the Great New York State Fair is not a new issue. More than a million people head to the grounds each year, and calls come in from both smokers and non-smokers asking about the smoking policy on the grounds.
Over time, the areas that prohibit smoking have been expanded. Today’s policy reads as such:
“Smoking is not permitted in the following areas: in any building or under cover; in any of the picnic areas; within the confines of Kiddieland; the Midway; the grassy area of Chevy Court; at the Veterans and 9/11 Memorials; or within the State Park at the Fair. Smoking is permitted on the Fairgrounds in other general areas that are not prohibited by New York State Law.”NSYF Website
There are no official designated smoking areas on the grounds. Fair organizers have considered setting up designated smoking areas multiple times in the past, and have even considered banning smoking at the Fair altogether.
“At the end of the day, we have a speed limit and everybody speeds. It’s almost unenforceable to some extent,” said Troy Waffner, director of the State Fair.
Waffner added that for a stricter smoking policy to be put in place, more man-power is necessary for it to actually work.
“We have to have a good plan to enforce it, because once we ban it across the fairgrounds, we have to have the personnel to enforce it, and that’s kind of what becomes the problem,” Waffner said.
Waffner says the policy also applies to vapes and e-cigarettes. There are no tobacco or tobacco-related products sold at the Fair.