Back to the original topic ... are some of you really saying that smoking shouldn't be permitted OUTSIDE? OUTSIDE? As an avid smoker, even I can understand why it would be outlawed indoors. But OUTSIDE? Really? Are you really serious?
If public safety is the concern, then mountains should ban skiiers from drinking at lunch and then getting back on the slopes. After all, a grown person traveling say 30 MPH could do quite a bit of damage to another if (s)he crashes as a result of being inebriated, right?
It's just so easy to pick on smoking. It's fashionable. I smoke and people come up to me all the time and say, "Those things will kill you." Nobody walks through a Burger King and says to diners: "Those burgers will kill you."
Incidentally, I would never smoke in a liftline, because it's tacky and impolite, and I really don't crave cigarettes when enjoying an active day outside.
PS: If the potential for littered empty packs is truly a concern (someone mentioned that), then coffee -- and all packaged goods for that matter -- should be banned because they can produce trash. That's a rediculous objection.