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Starting Thursday, No Smoking at the Palisades

After months of preparation, mall will no longer allow cigarette smoking on premises

The moratorium , but Thursday it becomes a reality: no more smoking on property.

For shoppers, it means not lighting up on theway to or from the parking lot. For employees, it means no smoke breaks at store exits or loading docks—if a retail worker wants a nicotine fix, they'll now have to smoke in their car, officials said.

The new policy was put in place by the Pyramid Management Group, LLC, which owns the Palisades Center, along with several other malls throughout New York and Massachusetts.

"We strongly believe this new policy will not only support our employees and guests who are sensitive to secondhand smoke or are trying to quit smoking, but it also will provide a more enjoyable and healthier shopping experience to the millions of visitors who come through our doors each year," said James L. Soos, director of asset management with the Pyramid Management Group.

At first, no tickets or fines will be dished out—only warnings. No new stores in the mall will be able to sell tobacco products, but the two existing ones , officials said.

Pyramid officials said no-smoking signs will be posted around the property, and mall employees will have opportunities to receive counseling to quit smoking.

Still, mall workers are not pleased. Patch spoke with several—none of whom wished to share their name, for fear of it affecting their employment—.

The decision also resonated with Patch readers. , about half of voters said the new rule is too restrictive. The other 50-percent of voters hailed the change as "a great thing for the community."

What Ever May 31, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Doesn't the mall have better things to worry about?? Perhaps they should focus more on the safety of the visitors? Or cutting down on the theft? Who cares if someone else chooses to smoke outside? They aren't blowing the smoke in your face. Maybe the funds that are going to be spent to enforce this ludicrous ban should be redirected to their housekeeping budget- have you ever tried to use the public restrooms in that mall? I think those are more of a public health hazard than a few smokers in the parking lot.
Yehbut May 31, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Of course you know this will drive all the smokers INSIDE to those behind the scenes out of the public area locations. Real safe. It's called unintended consequences. All the smokers should organize and stage a "smoke out" one day. One day when every one of them decides to call out sick. That'll put a nice dent in the kitchen and maintenance staffs.
emetib June 01, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Smokers are nothing more than legal drug addicts. I, for one, am in favor of any smoking ban. Also remember the mall is private property; they can make any rules they like.
SEAN HOGAN June 01, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I AM A NON SMOKER BUT IT WRONG TO MAKE SMOKERS OUT TO BE LIKE A DRUG ADDICT... IT IS LEGAL TO SMOKE CIGARETTES... WHAT THE MALL SHOULD DO IS HAVE AN AREA FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SMOKE AND NOT HAVE THEM ONLY BE ALLOWED TO SMOKE IN THEIR CARS...WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T OWN CARS WHAT ARE THEY GONG TO HAVE TO DO HANG OUT ON ROUT 59 OR 303 AND SMOKE UP? THERE IS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS GOING ON TODAY LIKE THE RISE IN UNEMPLOYMENT AND PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH CARE...TO WASTE GOOD MONEY ON THE BANNING OF SMOKING AT A MALL OR POSTING AD'S IN DELI WINDOWS IS A JOKE...
Scott Petricig June 02, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I agree with one of the other commenters here that if smokers were more courteous and would not stand right in front of entrance doors etc., there would not be an issue with them smoking on the property. Too often, smokers feel it's fine for them to stand right in front of a door smoking and blowing toxic smoke in my face, rather than stand 20 feet away from the door. God forbid it's a rainy day and they just HAVE to have their smoke and can't stand under an awning or something! Most smokers are just selfish fools. Not all, but quite a few.

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