When I was a kid growing up in Tomahawk we used to use the 'ice rink' that the city built each winter in Pride Park. To my recollection the wind was blowing hard enough that if anyone was smoking the smoke would have been dissipated to the point of hardly being noticed. Also, just the fact that you're skating and moving around would make you a hard target for the carcinogens to hit.
Now, when we went to the small warm-up hut to unfreeze our feet that was a different matter. I can't remember anyone ever smoking but we could sure smell the booze in the air from the breath of Wish-wash, the nickname we gave to the attendant that the city provided to keep the hut from burning down and to keep us kids from killing each other (do you remember him?).
So, in our case I doubt that any second hand smoke would have made a lick of difference.
Is the current skating rink indoors or outdoors? If it's outdoors then I don't think you have a case. Skating, by nature, doesn't keep you closely grouped. So anyone not smoking would hardly be around a smoker for more than a few seconds.
If the rink is indoors that may be a different matter. Maybe you have a case.
I would like to hear more about just how bad it is for the smokers versus non-smokers at the rink. Is there any ventilation in the building? If there was a smoking section would that work? How close and how long do you need to be around the smokers at the rink to come home smelling like them? Rinks are fairly large structures...so it would be easy not to be around someone that you didn't want to be around. Are your kids hanging around the smokers so that they pick up the smell so easily?
btw...I'm not a smoker and I think it's a creepy, yucky, dangerous, stupid and smelly thing to do. But I think that common sense should be used here. If you really think that your kids are forced to be around the smokers and inhale their second hand smoke than by all means find a solution to keep them smoke free. But if they, by choice, hang around the smokers than maybe they can be educated. And if all of this is taking place outdoors...tell them to keep moving. And even if it's indoors...tell them to keep moving. And when you talked to those smokers while in your car you should have kept the windows closed and talked to them with your cell phone
I would like to hear more.....