PDGA News April, 30th 2011 by Justin Downey

PDGA Bannes Smoking for 2011 PDGA World Championship

According to the PDGA website, PDGA Commissioner Dave “Nez” Nesbitt says:

Smoking has been banned during competition at both the 2011 PDGA Professional and Amateur Disc Golf World Championships. Players will not be permitted to smoke from the start of play until the player’s scorecard has been submitted. Smoking of any kind during competition could result in immediate disqualification and further disciplinary action as stated in the PDGA Competition Manual, Section 3.3 Player Misconduct.

Of course, they’re aware of the potential ramifications of this decision and claim they have not make any decisions on a longer term smoking policy for their major events.

I think what’s more likely is that drought conditions in California during the 2011 PDGA Pro Worlds (in Santa Cruz) required the smoking ban.  That would make for an opportune time to test the waters.

What do you think about a possible longer-term ban?  Comment your thoughts below and don’t forget to also comment on the original post on the PDGA website.

Whatever your view, let your voice be heard!



  • colin.with1l says

    I don't smoke anymore, but as long as smokers are conscious of their butts and smoke, I think it's a little unfair to DQ them for smoking.

  • Justin Downey says

    Inconsiderate smokers aside. The PDGA seems to be making a mountain out of a mole-hill.

    I mean, is this really a problem big enough to spend 6 months discussing, testing, commenting, etc.?

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