Post # 17
I think a sign would be appropriate, as well as asking a DJ or MC to make a request/announcement. Just make sure you have a place for them to smoke with ashtrays etc whereever you are most comfortable with them being.
You certainly have the right to make the request!
Post # 18
You can still smoke INSIDE in most of St. Louis and almost the whole of Missouri, haha. My parents were shocked when we went into a restaurant that was smoke-free (one of the few) and they wanted to light up. I had to smack their hands!
Post # 19
i was telling the younger staff in my office when i started working i was the only non smoker in a very small office and when no smoking rules came into effect the factory staff went on strike… oh how times have changed 🙂
i like the idea of signs… kinda like the wedding signs ive seen Bees use but for smokers instead
Post # 20
@eloping: (well in relation to what you said) I know a few local business owners that don’t hire smokers…. they don’t say thats the reason they aren’t hired (obviously). They feel strongly that smoke breaks are a time waster & due to new regulations it employers need to create a designated smoking area at the edge of the property. Smokers are totally shunned in Vancouver.
Post # 21
@Recessionista…. my understanding is that in the US, employers pay for employee health benefits and smokers are costing companies a fortune in premiums.
my head office in the US has a zero smoking policy for staff but they also have a multi million dollar onsite health facility that offers stop smoking programs so there really is no excuse if you want to give them up. heheheheh, apparently in the first year alot of smokers gave them up but gained weight so then they were back to the health unit for exercise classes (they have everything from yoga/pilates to boxing & onsite pharmacy & doctor -i envy my head office). by creating the program they have saved $$$$ in insurance and its bascially paid for itself within 3 years
sorry – hijack over
Post # 22
@eloping: I’m from Canada… I’m pretty sure its illegal to have a zero smoking policy here!! It’s discrimination. Our unions would be alllllll over your company! Our province likes protests & strikes! lol
Post # 23
I totally agree with the idea of having a “designated smoker area” outside. However, if you want to give guests advance notice, too, you could consider putting something on your wedsite, if you’re having one of those. On my wedsite, I have a FAQ page, and one of my questions will relate to my venue being Smoke Free.