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    Just thought I would post a little blurb from the hotels new policy.

    Smoking Policy: Important News!
    The Riviera Hotel and Casino in accordance with the Clear Air Act now prohibits smoking in all public spaces except for the casino proper, bars in the casino area, and designated outdoor smoking areas by the pool. No smoking is allowed in any of the Convention areas, or any of the corridors, lobbies, restaurants, special meeting rooms in the Hotel. The APP supports this change and encourages all attendees to comply with the new regulations.


    This is also in affect for all other casinos as well.
    There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

    - Henry David Thoreau

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    Excellent! I didn't smoke in any of those places anyway. I'm glad to hear people wont be coming to the registration desk or the store blowing smoke our faces. Id rather smoke my own cigarette. I'm a smoker, but i cant stand that. Besides, its not like the smoking areas will be THAT hard to get to. Hopefully I will finally quit by this years defcon and not be tempted by clouds of smoke everywhere i go.

    Originally posted by L0nd0 View Post
    Just thought I would post a little blurb from the hotels new policy.

    Smoking Policy: Important News!
    The Riviera Hotel and Casino in accordance with the Clear Air Act now prohibits smoking in all public spaces except for the casino proper, bars in the casino area, and designated outdoor smoking areas by the pool. No smoking is allowed in any of the Convention areas, or any of the corridors, lobbies, restaurants, special meeting rooms in the Hotel. The APP supports this change and encourages all attendees to comply with the new regulations.


    This is also in affect for all other casinos as well.
    "Haters, gonna hate"

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    • #3
      Re: New Smoking Policy

      I agree. I'm not a smoker, but I think that those who want to should be able to however I don't like the smoke being blown in my face.
      Last edited by patsprou; 01-28-2007, 10:04 AM. Reason: grammar
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      • #4
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        geez, i must be one of the few non-smokers left who doesn't give a damn what other people do. not directly putting down anyone else here, please understand, but i couldn't give a rat's ass whether anyone smokes anywhere at con as long as it's not in my personal room which i am paying for. yeah, my clothes may smell a bit and my hair might reveal that i'd been at a party or sitting next to chris the following day... but we live in a world that got its hands around the whole "soap" technology thing somewhere in the sixth century. nowadays, tide detergent and suave shampoo are available at every corner store for almost no cost.

        yeah, i hate smelling like smoke just like most everyone else i know (smokers and non-smokers alike) but it's a very brief inconvenience and it comes right out. personal freedoms shouldn't be trod upon simply because they pose a minor inconvenience to others. (when these laws are debated the politicians speak as though they're fighting a scourge akin to people setting up lawn sprinklers that pump sulfuric acid in the middle of crowded rooms.)

        "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
        - Trent Reznor

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        • #5
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          the few, the proud, the free.

          This brings a few observations to my mind:

          1) This is not a Riviera directive, nor the Riviera saying 'no more smoking for those evil hackers'. This is effective at all hotels in the area and would be the case no matter where the con pointed tail.

          2) At Alexis Park the average con experience was 50% outdoors, 35% indoors, 15% offsite. At the Riviera the average con experience is 75% indoors, 5% outdoors and 20% offsite. These are hard numbers crunched by me in approximately 20 seconds of whim, so rest assured they are 101% on mark. You get the idea. 'Passed out' is a state in one of these three specified locations.

          3) Riviera smoking control is likely to be heaviest around the outer edges of the con where their security directly interfaces with attendees and generally tries to contain our somber-chaos from spreading to the rest of the institute. Lighting up in the heart of the conference area, during a talking, or passing through the vendor area will likely not gain a swarm of hotel thugs on you with a fire extinguisher.

          4) Organizers and security goons will set the rules and overtone for how this is handled. History shows they are insanely liberal and laid back about these kinda stupidities.

          5) In this light, if something more strict comes down.. I would suspect it being at a serious threat of getting the event shut down if such activity is not controlled to the satisfaction of local authorities and proprietors.

          All my thoughts thusfar .. won't expound on the smoking vs nonsmoking thing, since I already did within memories reach of a similar post.
          if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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          • #6
            Re: New Smoking Policy

            Considering how difficult it was to have a central location for people to just mingle, designated smoking areas might help. When I was in Ireland, I probably met more locals smoking than I ever did when I was inside the pubs.

            Although I am disapointed that more restrictions are coming to one of the last paradises for smokers in the US, it might make for a more social con this year.
            jur1st, esq.

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            • #7
              Re: New Smoking Policy

              Originally posted by jur1st View Post
              Considering how difficult it was to have a central location for people to just mingle, designated smoking areas might help. When I was in Ireland, I probably met more locals smoking than I ever did when I was inside the pubs.

              Although I am disappointed that more restrictions are coming to one of the last paradises for smokers in the US, it might make for a more social con this year.
              I totally agree with you.

              I can say that when they went to non smoking in the bars up here, i was pissed, I was like wtf, it's a bar for crying out loud. But I got used to it, and find that i actually enjoy being outside on the patio drinking and smoking and talking with folks. Ive seen the "smoke break" pack mentality start . (They say addicts never like to use alone. hehe ) Started those single serving conversations and I've developed a few drinking mates because of that, people i probably wouldn't have just gone over to and chatted up before.
              "Haters, gonna hate"

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              • #8
                Re: New Smoking Policy

                I don't know if I'm right about this but considering you need to pay your way in to Defcon wouldn't that mean that it isn't public?
                There is nothing more dangerous than people with a little knowledge. Which means society is mostly safe.

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                • #9
                  Re: New Smoking Policy

                  But the casino itself invites members of the public - so I would imagine that it applies to the building not just the convention centre part..

                  Just my 0.02p/c/$/yen worth
                  Mark

                  "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do". - Confucious

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                  • #10
                    Re: New Smoking Policy

                    Despite the fact that the casinos are owned by private individuals or companies, they exist to serve the public and are thus "public accomodations" which essentially means that a whole host of laws can be applied to them.
                    "*x74*x68*x65*x70*x72*x65*x7a*x39*x38";

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Smoking Policy

                      As a non-smoker let me say: Hia!!, that is great! My only complained of the move to the Riviera, was the smell of smoke on the hallways. As an asthmatic, I kept feeling like I was aficiating everytime that I was in the hallway, and even when I went to the sitting are, there would be people smoking seating all around me, that was horrible.

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                      • #12
                        Re: New Smoking Policy

                        Coming from the California perspective, it was nice for those moments it lasted ... It just means that the outside will become the smoking bar. Just hope for shade, cold <cheap?> beer and maybe a mist machine or three.

                        There wasn't enough ash trays in the corridors anyways.

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                        • #13
                          Re: New Smoking Policy

                          Somewhere along my travels, I began having severe reactions to cigarette 2nd hand smoke. I play in a band and it was very common to have severe lung and sinus issues for days after playing on an elevated stage in a bar or club for a single event. It didn't help to have fog machines (mighty nasty) and fumes from metal grinders (extremely caustic) as well. I used to smoke cigs but quit over a decade ago. Back then it didn't bother me at all, but now, well... sucks to be me. I have a family member that has severe hay fever and I can sympathize with him that he has to choose where he's going to expose himself and whether he thinks that feeling miserable is worth the activity. I would not want to hang up my creative outlet or my source of stimulation because of it's environment's effects, but time will tell.

                          I wish that it could be Porn Theater rules... aka Keep your actions (and mess) to yourself and we're cool... but its not the nature of smoke to be controlled.

                          However I am a lover of freedom (and inanimate objects when drunked) and would never want to put my preferences above another person. I just wish it was just a matter of preference instead of a physical reaction. Then I could just take solice that it was a choice and that I can get over it.

                          So a free environment would not sadden me at all, but crushing other people's good time could take away from the good energy and vibe that the Con has. I do miss the setup of the AP for the same reason.

                          Hail Porn Theater Rules~!
                          If a chicken and a half, can lay an egg and a half, in a day and a half... how long would it take a monkey, with a wooden leg, to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?

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                          • #14
                            Re: New Smoking Policy

                            If they outlaw cigarettes an I do nothing because I do not smoke,
                            then they outlaw alcohol and I do nothing because I do not drink,
                            then when they outlaw what I love, who will come fight with me?

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                              Originally posted by astcell View Post
                              If they outlaw cigarettes an I do nothing because I do not smoke,
                              then they outlaw alcohol and I do nothing because I do not drink,
                              then when they outlaw what I love, who will come fight with me?
                              precisely.

                              the creep of regulation happens most often due to the fact that any restrictions or new policies can usually be adopted at one of two levels: the "sensible for a reason" level, or the "laws just for regulation's sake" level.

                              you may have a scenario where some restriction might actually make a bit of sense on paper. but politicians, lobbyists, and legislators will often do their best to blur the line between those two standards in an effort to either roll over everyone's rights all at once, or to quietly push an accepted restriction even farther down the road with the argument "look, you guys basically already accepted this."

                              two examples...

                              seat belt laws

                              there is a recognized, albeit slightly over-reaching, reason for seat belt laws. we compel citizens to protect themselves while motoring because in the event of an accident involving injury it is likely that they will be the recipients of some sort of public healthcare funds should they lack insurance. in an effort to mitigate such financial impact, society has a valid interest in attempting to compell citizens to wear seatbelts. this encouragement is best given out in the form of small fines, tacked on as a secondary offense to other routine police stops like speeding, illegal turns, etc.

                              however, while seat belt fines may be defensible as a secondary infraction, in almost ALL states i can think of right now where they were passed as such (often with emphatic assurances from politicians that they would remain as such) they were quietly bumped up to primary offenses. now, law enforcement are capable of of stopping and detaining citizens for yet another reason (and one that's highly flexible... oh, it "looked" like you didn't have that on... "are you sure you didn't just slip that on right now when i was following you?") which oversteps the spirit of the law.

                              smoking bans

                              this is the big one for me, and as many of you know... i don't even smoke.

                              societies have a valid interest in previnting the choices of one citizen from having an undesired impact on another citizen who is not making the same choices. thus, a risky activity like skydiving is perfectly legal for me... but i don't have the right to drag you along if you don't want to accompany me. smoking is perfectly legal for a person to do since we don't live in a totalitarian regime yet and some harmful choices are still allowed. however, society can attempt to make some regulations that address highly-concentrated second hand smoke. however, attempting to ban 100% of all smoke is just silly, in my opinion. it crosses the line from stopping harmful smoke and starts targeting annoying smoke.

                              look, if i go out for the evening i should expect to encounter some smokers. in this modern world society has deemed certain "vices" as part of the citizen's repertoire of past-times... drinking and smoking among them. don't like to see drinking or smoking because it offends you? stay home or move to utah or the middle east or something. i expect, as should others, to sometimes be near a smoker. i understand that sometimes i'll passively experience some of their second hand smoke. the state has an interest in preventing highly toxic conditions for me (and also especially for employees in places like bars) but they do not have the right to just stamp out an activity by pushing it further and further to the margins.

                              i can understand laws that require some clean air steps to be taken (i think the most sensible would be "if less than 50% of the walls in any given room of an establishment do not consist of open windows then you need some sort of a regulated and certified air cleaning aparatus" since this would allow smoking where it makes sense -- on patios, porches, and other semi-enclosed spaces -- and help purify the air somewhat indoors for health reasons) but laws that totally rule out smoking 100% anywhere within a football-field length of other humans are crazy, in my opinion.

                              in the USA you have the right to not be harrassed... you do not have the right to not be annoyed.
                              "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
                              - Trent Reznor

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