Smoke Break Articles
1) COMMUNICATION TO YOUR CURRENT CUSTOMERS
Now is the time to explain that there will be some minor changes in the next few weeks as the law takes effect and that
it is an exciting time for your game to make the game even bigger and better. DO NOT talk negatively about the changes
that must take place. Keep it positive.
2) SPRUCE IT UP
Now is the time to rename the “smokers room”. Wash walls, tables, chairs, floors,
flashboards and anything in the room. Try using white vinegar or a diluted solution
of hot water and Simple Green™. Leave out bowls of white vinegar or baking soda to
help absorb the smell while out of the building. Avoid air fresheners because many
people are sensitive to them. Replace ceiling tiles and artwork on the walls. Try to
remove any memories of what the room represented as a courtesy to the non-smokers
as well as the smokers. Change the room as a special room for the month or week (i.e.
– Band Boosters, Red Hat Society, Lions Club) Publish how it will be used and let word
of mouth and advertising bring in new customers that may become regulars. Decorate the room special for that group
during that period. Don’t make the smokers feel as if they’re banned from the main hall. Reusing the old smoking room
makes it more comfortable for the current smoking players to switch rooms if they choose.
3) TAKE A LOOK AROUND
Do you have an area outside that can be designated as the outside smoking patio? Although the law is not yet defined,
you will need an area away from entrance doors where your smokers can adjourn to for breaks. Look around now for some
ideas of where that may be. Begin to obtain ashtrays for outside.
4) TAKE A BREAK . . . OR TWO
Adjust your breaks now from one 15 minute intermission to two 10 minute intermissions. This will
allow your smokers to take that break they want without feeling as if they are missing the game.
Look for game ideas of what to do during these breaks to keep the game moving in the next
5) BE SWEET
Consider adding small bowls of hard candy on the tables for
the first month or two to help the transition for smokers. Leave
a message on the bowl about how you support them and
thank everyone for helping you raise money for your charity.