Back in February, NASCAR announced a smoking ban at the Daytona International Speedway grandstands — the restriction was put into effect this past weekend. From now on, smokers will have to light up in designated smoking areas, and could be asked to leave if found smoking in the stands. The speedway is the last sporting venue in Florida to enact a smoking ban in its primary seating areas.
“I expect everyone is going to follow the rules. We were lagging behind in this area. It’s the year 2012,” said Joie Chitwood III, president of the Daytona Speedway.
NASCAR, a sport historically known for its ties to the tobacco industry, has made a great effort to promote healthy living by making COPD its official health initiative and partnering with the DRIVE4COPD campaign.
President and co-founder of the COPD Foundation, John Walsh, presented an award to NASCAR track officials prior to this past weekend’s Coke Zero 400 race. “[The ban] is an incredibly courageous thing to do,” he said.
What are your thoughts on this new rule? Do you think fans will be receptive to the change?