Disney Bans Tobacco Sales
The Walt Disney Co. has banned tobacco sales at its domestic theme parks.
Tobacco sales stopped Sept. 3 at Disneyland in Anaheim, spokesman Ray Gomez said Thursday.
Earlier this year, Walt Disney World in Florida stopped cigarette sales at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom parks in Orlando. Sales are still allowed at Disney's hotels, restaurants, and clubs near the parks.
Visitors to all Disney parks are currently allowed to smoke in open public areas, but lit cigarettes are banned from indoor areas and ride lines.
Gomez would not say whether stopping tobacco sales would lead to a smoking ban. He said Disney would consider complaints from smokers and non-smokers.
``Smoking and tobacco are obviously an issue in theme parks. We will continue to monitor the issue, but we are not ready to make any announcements,'' Gomez said.
Though Disneyland boasted its own tobacco shop until 1990, the company has gradually increased restrictions as public tolerance of smoking diminished.