(Closed) How do you ask people to not smoke?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Have your MC annouce that there is a smoking area outside.. Have a bench and a butt out pot. Maybe some candles so people can see out there.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Can you put some sort of cute/decorated receptacle for butts outside the barn in a specific place and a sign that says ‘Smoking Area’ or something like that? Then you are basically just telling them SMOKE HERE and not DON’T SMOKE HERE. I think it would be helpful to have a specific, designated area outside the barn that is obvious to people and then they will just go smoke there.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oooh a bench is a good call.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Put up a cute sign and make it obvious it’s a smoker’s area–an ashtray thing and some seating, etc. People go to them…my parents smoke and would never ignore a sign. If you don’t put ashtrays on the tables in the barn, it’s kidn of obvious it’s not wlecome

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think if you make an area for them to smoke outside and put up signs, it will be fine.

Just make signs that say, “Please, No Smoking – There is a smoking area outdoors.”

I think most smokers are used to this now. If you are still worried about it, let a few BMs no that they should politley say something to anyone they see smoking indoors.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Are you having a program? I would definitely consider putting it in there! Having your MC announce it is a good idea, as well, or placing signs at the doors and/or each place setting should get the point across.

I’m a smoker and would totally expect to smoke outside at your wedding even if I had been there before – cigarettes don’t keep it classy – we know that!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I’m surprised you’d even need to make an announcement.  I would think smokers would automatically go outside to smoke.  

I like the idea of a smoking area (bench, bucket, etc).  Make sure its well lit so people will see it!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

wow, people still smoke indoors in your country – here its practically unheard of these days….. bars, resturants, clubs, shopping centres ect – if its indoors its non smoking for us

i think an announcement and a designated outdoor smokers area would be the best option, make sure the areas is lit up with some tables & astrays as i would hate to make my smokers stand in a blocked off grassed area and nothing else

 

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

my first thought was, “why would people smoke inside?” then i realized that i live in a city where smoking indoors is illegal. i’m pretty sure that smokers would know better and just smoke outside, with or without signs. but if you really want to make sure, then i agree with the designated smoking area idea.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I can see the potietial for some miscommunication here since you guys have had smoking inside at the venue for previous parties.  I really like the idea of a bench or two thre for the smokers to hang out on rather than making them stand.  Also, I would try to make it a little from the main entrance, yet not too far removed so that non smokers will not be walking though smoke on their way in and out as well. Also, as for the “butt bucket”. I would make something cute for them with some sand.  Maybe get a couple big pots and stacke them with the bottoms together and fill the top one with sand.  That would make it a decent height and weight so that it wont blow over if it happens to be breezy that night… Also, you may use a filler below the sand so you dont have to use all sand.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

omg, who smokes in a BARN?  why not smoke at a gas station pump, or inside a box full of ripped up newspapers?  I think that the smoking section outside will be enough of a hint.  and if people still try to light up inside, have your DJ give a shout out.  

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would pre-empt things and have a very decorative sign on an easle saying “smoke free celebration inside..(and arrow pointing to reception.”  I’d also have another sign pointing in the direction of a roped off area outside where you could have people smoke.

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have to say I’m shocked… People smoke inside???

In my province there hasn’t been smoking inside public spaces for as long as I can remember. Over the last few years they’ve put a new rule into effect: No one can smoke within 25 feet of a public space or doorway.

I’d definitely have a sign up stating that the smoking area was outside & maybe assign your DOC or designated friend/family member to ask people to take it outside if they start lighting up indoors?

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

I would hope people would go outside to smoke but I agree with Bellenga on the sign idea.  I dont think its fair to ask people not to smoke at all (though I hate it!) but you should have a small area they can go if they feel the need to.

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