Disney Bans Tobacco Sales at Theme Parks

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The Walt Disney Company has now banned tobacco sales at all of its domestic theme parks, with Disneyland in Anaheim, California being the latest to stop selling tobacco products.

Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez said cigarette sales were being stopped "because of continuously diminishing demand, and because we don't really think it's appropriate to sell tobacco in a family theme park."

However, those who visit Disneyland in Anaheim and want to "light up" can still buy cigarettes at the Disneyland Hotel and the Disneyland Pacific Hotel, located across the street from the theme park. However, hotel guests at both places can smoke only outdoors or in designated rooms.

Heretofore, smokers could find cigarettes on Disneyland's Main Street and in New Orleans Square. Smoking inside Disneyland has been restricted for years. It is prohibited in all waiting areas, including outdoor lines, as well as in restrooms, dining areas, stores, aboard Disneyland transportation and in viewing areas for parades and shows.

Gomez also said Disneyland's smoking policy is "under continuous review" but also said that "we have no announcements" with regard to any further tightening of restrictions.

Earlier this year, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida stopped cigarette sales at the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney-MGM studios and the Animal Kingdom parks.