Black Mountain sends up smoke signals |

Black Mountain sends up smoke signals

Brian WaldesBreckenridge

Kudos to Black Mountain of Rumford, Maine. It has become the first ski resort in the nation to ban smoking on the hill. Hopefully, this will influence other ski areas to do the same. There’s nothing like coming down to the lift line breathing hard after a good run and getting a face full of some smoker’s carcinogenic garbage. It would be nice if smokers looked around before they lit up in the lift line and asked if anyone minded, but that’s not the way most smokers operate. I hope Vail Resorts is paying attention to this new development and gets on the bandwagon soon. I know smokers will protest their lost “rights,” but the right to clean air trumps the right to pollute it.So get with it, Vail, and get the free advertising while it’s hot. I had never even heard of Black Mountain before it made the Jan. 24 New York Times for its smoking ban.

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