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Stadium Ban on E-cigarettes from Next Season

20 March 2017

Supporters are advised that the use of e-cigarettes inside the stadium will not be permitted from the start of next season.

The smoking of cigarettes inside the stadium is not permitted and that will be extended to ban the use of e-cigarettes when the 2017/18 campaign gets underway.

Supporters are also reminded of the rules in place regarding smoking outside the stadium on matchdays.

As a general rule, once  a person leaves the stadium, they are not allowed re-entry, but at half time a pass out system is in operation to allow smokers an opportunity to smoke. This has been happening since 2007, when the smoking ban came into force. 

There are signs up at each point of exit, explaining the conditions of the smoking pass. Fans are allowed outside to smoke and that the gates will close at the start of the second half and there will be no re-entry after that. 

Of late, there have been a number of incidents involving teenagers who have left with a smoking pass and then left the site to visit nearby places like KFC, Aldi and Tesco, quite often returning after the gates have closed and demanding re-entry. Sometimes they have returned with alcohol.   

As a result , stewards have been instructed that they should not be issuing smoking passes to anyone apparently under the age of 16, as the club must not be seen to encourage people of that age to smoke.

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