Originally Posted by FooFader
The number of smokers on the course is definitely in decline. All the people i see smoking are over the age of 60. I can't speak for young people everywhere but in my area smoking is highly unusual amongst people under 25, give it 20 years and smoking will have pretty much died out on the course do due the current smoking no longer playing. Also definitely a conversation for another thread but government control of tobacco will only grow.
Eventually i see a point where no one will smoke because of a combination of increasing price of tobacco, increasing social pressure and intolerance of smoking and restrictions on where and when you can smoke. Personally i don't think this can come soon enough, i think that our society has failed any young people who begin smoking now. It is so bad for your health, difficult to quit and people judge you for it; nobody i know would wish that upon anyone.
Unfortunately in the US, I think smoking is actually increasing in the under 25-30 age group.
Ha, I don't know if my usual course has a smoking ban or not; it is likely as it is a college course. I haven't used any type of tobacco in over 25 years.
I can't add a lot to the comments I have read. I haven't read every single one. I don't have a problem with any course regardless of public or private allowing or not allowing smoking on the course, as long as that decision is made by the people operating the course. I would have a problem with government imposing such rules on private clubs or on courses open to the public but owned/operated privately or by companies. Like many others I don't like the waste products, but that is a problem of etiquette rather than rules. Many non-smokers litter with food wrappers etc.
As to its effect on golf, I am sure their would be some who would play elsewhere or quit. Personally, my addiction to golf was always stronger than my addiction to tobacco.
I am about to get preachy, but I mean it in the best possible way. First off, I understand smoking. I am not offended by someone smoking. I was not seriously addicted, I just liked it. I would still like it. About once a year, I will walk in a cigar store and take a whiff of the air, but I don't let myself buy a cigar and smoke it. A cigar once a week probably doesn't hurt anyone, maybe. But to all you who have written in this thread that you would have trouble playing 18 without a smoke/chew, you need to quit. It is bad for your health, it is expensive, and it is robbling you of some of the other smells and tastes of life.Something optional that you can't go 3 or 4 hours without is your master, and you are the slave. Sermon over.