Hotels

Smokefree travel - including transportation and lodging - is popular and becoming more prevalent each year. ANR encourages travelers to speak up for and expect smokefree hotels both in the U.S. and when traveling internationally.

Tip: Be sure to add smokefree air to your online reviews of hotels on Trip Advisor, Yelp, Flyer Talk, and other travel sites.

 

smokefree sign in Westin O'Hare hotel

Background

In just the past five years, 100% smokefree hotels have gone from being almost non-existent to becoming practically the national norm. The trend started with individual properties around the U.S. and then expanded to chains.

In 2006, the year of the landmark Surgeon General's Report on secondhand smoke, Westin (a Starwood brand) announced the first national 100% smokefree hotel policy for all its properties in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. This was a huge turning point for the industry. At the time, a Westin hotel's restaurants and bars may have been one of the few smokefree eating or drinking options in an entire city (Charlotte, North Carolina comes to mind) before smokefree laws were in place.

Westin's groundbreaking policy created a domino effect and was expanded upon by Marriott, which adopted a smokefree policy for all of its U.S. properties, as well as across all its entire portfolio of brands (including Marriott, J.W. Marriott, Renaissance Hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Fairfield Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, and Spring Hill Suites.)

 

Other 100% smokefree hotel chains in the U.S. include:

Encouraged by the success of Westin's (and Marriott's) smokefree policies, Starwood in 2008 extended a 100% nationwide smokefree policy to its Sheraton hotels and eventually to all of Starwood's U.S. properties across all its brands (including the W Hotels, Aloft, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, Element by Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, The Luxury Collection, and St. Regis.)

Despite health evidence about the serious health hazards of smoke inside a building, other major U.S. hotel chains, unfortunately, have NOT yet adopted smokefree policies, including Hilton (and its brands such as Hampton Inn), Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Best Western, and others. Although there may be some individual properties within these brands that are now smokefree, nonsmokers' have to research it hotel by hotel, which can be a challenge for travelers. Plus staff in these hotel brands often still has to clean smoking rooms or work in smoke-filled environments. Nonsmokers may wish to avoid brands without consistent smokefree policies, given how irresponsible this is in the face of the health facts.

Legislation

A growing number of cities and states now require hotels to be 100% smokefree indoors, including guest rooms. Currently, all hotels and motels (including guest rooms) must be smokefree in Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska.

International

Westin expanded its landmark policy to Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, and Fiji and to more individual properties around the world. In May 2012, Westin Hotels & Resorts announced The Westin Paris – Vendôme would be smokefree. Many more countries have enacted strong smokefree laws in recent years, so we encourage hotel chains to expand their smokefree policies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smokefree & Related News

Smoke-free hotel chains increasing
San Diego News - January 14, 2014

A decision was made late last year by Westin Hotels and Resorts to go smoke-free in all of their North American locations, an initiative aptly called "Breathe ...

Smoke travels to non-smoking hotel rooms, study shows
USA TODAY - May 13, 2013

Traces of cigarette smoke "don't stay in the smoking rooms" Anyone who has ever walked into a "non-smoking" hotel room and caught the distinct odor of cigarette smoke will not be surprised by the findings of a new study: When a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke gets into all of its rooms, the study suggests. Nicotine residues and other chemical traces "don't stay in the smoking rooms," says Georg Matt, a psychologist from San Diego State University who led the study, published Monday in the journal Tobacco Control. "They end up in the hallways and in other rooms, including non-smoking rooms." The research comes as smoke-free hotels are becoming more common, though not as common as smoke-free bars and restaurants. Many large chains, including Marriott, Westin and Comfort Inn, have gone smoke-free and hotels must be smoke-free by law in four states and 71 cities and counties, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. Nearly two-thirds of hotels responding to a recent survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association said they were smoke-free, though just 39% of economy hotels said so.

Matt, G.E.; Quintana, P.J.E.; Fortmann, A.L.; Zakarian, J.M.; Galaviz, V.E.; Chatfield, D.A.; Hoh, E.; Hovell, M.F.; Winston, C., "Thirdhand smoke and exposure in California hotels: non-smoking rooms fail to protect non-smoking hotel guests from tobacco smoke exposure," Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], May 13, 2013.

Conclusions: Partial smoking bans in hotels do not protect non-smoking guests from exposure to tobacco smoke and tobacco-specific carcinogens. Non-smokers are advised to stay in hotels with complete smoking bans. Existing policies exempting hotels from complete smoking bans are ineffective.

Smoking in hotel rooms increasingly barred
Jerusalem Post - April 7, 2013

But, says smoking prevention lawyer Amos Hausner, there is a growing trend in the world to allow only no-smoking hotel rooms, or a majority in which smoking is prohibited. Major American hotel chains like Marriott, Westin and Hyatt today prohibit ...

Hilton Worldwide Has Directed All Their Hotels To Install Smoking Shelters
Yahoo! Finance - January 30, 2013

A Handi-Hut smoking shelter installed at Hilton Worldwide headquarters was used to define the directive. Smoking shelters comply with the law without imposing a total smoking ban. The prefabricated sections are easily installed with options for designs, size, color, HVAC and lighting. ...

Why read the fine print when booking hotels?
Associated Press
Bismarck Tribune – August 31, 2012

The next time you book a hotel room, read the fine print first. … Other findings from the hotel survey include: … 63 percent have designated all of their rooms as non-smoking. In the economy bracket, that falls to 39 percent. …

Westin Hotels Opens New Smoke-Free Hotel in Paris
Travel-News.co.uk - June 1, 2012

Brian Povinelli, the brand's global brand leader, said, 'Westin Hotels & Resorts is excited to further expand its portfolio of international smoke-free properties and ...

Westin Hotels Celebrates Sixth Anniversary of Breathe Westin® with New Addition to Global Portfolio of Smoke-Free Hotels
Business Wire - May 31, 2012

In celebration of the brand’s sixth anniversary of Breathe Westin®, Westin Hotels & Resorts announced today that The Westin Paris – Vendôme is the latest addition to its growing global portfolio of smoke-free hotels. In January 2006, Westin became the first major hotel chain to introduce a brand-wide smoke-free policy across all its North America properties, setting the stage for an industry-wide shift in thinking. Westin continues to expand Breathe Westin® around the world, illustrating the brand’s ongoing commitment to maintaining health and well-being on the road. ...

GREENE: Pioneer who banned smokers at his hotel
CNN, 2011-03-27
Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

First, I wanted to find out if Lyndon Sanders was still alive. Second, I wanted to find out if he was feeling triumphant.

The answers: Yes, and yes.

"Every time I hear about a hotel that doesn't allow any smoking at all, my heart beats a little bit better," he said.

Sanders, 82, has moved to Fredericksburg, Texas, but 30 years ago, when he had his world-changing idea, he lived in Dallas. That was where he decided he would build and operate a new kind of hotel. ...

More hotels go completely smoke-free
USA Today, February 17, 2011

Hotels, motels and other lodgings are following the trend of airlines and passenger-train operators by banning smoking throughout their premises. Some are doing it voluntarily, as public awareness about the health dangers of secondhand smoke grows. Others are being forced by a growing number of state and local laws.

More than 12,900 lodgings serving the public in the USA are now smoke-free throughout, a USA TODAY analysis of data from AAA, the American Automobile Association, finds. That's nearly 4,600 more than in November 2008, when USA TODAY first analyzed AAA data.

"The smoke-free hotel trend has finally caught up with the rest of the movement," says Bronson Frick, associate director of the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "Airlines went smoke-free in 1990, and California was the first state to enact a strong smoke-free law that included restaurants and bars in 1994. It took the hotel industry until 2006 to catch on that there was public demand and support for smoke-free hotels." ...

MGM Grand to rescind $20 fee to 'guarantee' non-smoking room
USA Today, 2011-02-17
Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY

The MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas recently started charging guests $20 a day fee to "guarantee" a non-smoking room. Seriously.

If you didn't click the box on its website, you were at risk of winding up with a sour-smelling smoking room that even many smokers don't want....

MGM Grand Should Immediately Rescind Fee to Guarantee Non-Smoking Room
PR Newswire (press release) - February 16, 2011

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

The MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas should immediately rescind the new $20 per day fee it is charging customers to "guarantee" a non-smoking room, as reported by Tribune Media Services. No one should have to pay extra to avoid exposure to a harmful substance that causes lung cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. What will MGM charge for next? A room without asbestos? One with a sprinkler system or fire alarm? One without bed bugs?

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 69 that cause cancer. Studies have found that toxic residue from cigarette smoke remains long after a cigarette has been extinguished, lingering in carpets, sofas, clothing and other materials.

It is also absurd that MGM would charge guests extra for non-smoking rooms when such rooms actually save hotels money by reducing cleaning costs. In fact, many hotels charge a hefty cleaning fee – usually several hundred dollars – when guests smoke in a non-smoking room ...

Latest hotel fee: A charge for non-smoking rooms
Seattle Times - Christopher Elliott - Feb 15, 2011

But has the MGM Grand gone too far this time? Without getting sidetracked with a debate about smoking in hotels ­ a practice I believe should be illegal ­ here's the problem: In typical Sin City logic, the MGM fee punishes good behavior and rewards ...

A Charge For Requesting A Non-Smoking Room? Only In Vegas
HotelChatter - February 17, 2011

It's interesting reading if you like heaps of hotel statistics but the upshot is that, at least in the US, you're almost guaranteed a smoke-free room. Well, except in Vegas. According to the Seattle Times, seems the MGM Grand has launched a ...

Would You Pay $20/Night To Guarantee A Non-Smoking Room?
The Consumerist - Chris Morran - Feb 9, 2011

You can almost imagine the moment when some executive at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was walking by the check-in counter and heard an employee ask a guest, "Will that be smoking or non-smoking? ...

Some hotels are banning smoking
The Washington Post, 2010-03-28
Christopher Elliott THE NAVIGATOR

How do you fire up a discussion about smoking in hotels without mentioning America's capital of secondhand smoke?

Azita Arvani recently returned from a trade show in Las Vegas, where she requested a nonsmoking room at her resort. It didn't matter.

"Smoke came in through the central air conditioning units," said Arvani, a Los Angeles technology consultant. "I usually don't have any problems with hotels and smoking. Except when I go to Las Vegas."

That makes two of us. I've never been to Nevada's largest city without spending at least a few moments of every day gasping for fresh air.
And that includes my last visit in January, when I couldn't escape the cloud of carcinogens that seemed to follow me almost everywhere I went.

There's good news for nonsmoking hotel guests: The scales are about to tip in your favor this summer when Wisconsin's Act 12 takes effect, and the Badger State becomes the first in the nation to ban smoking in all hotels. . . . .

Here's how smokers circumvent the rules: After checking in, they light up in their rooms and flush the evidence down the toilet. Then they phone the front desk to complain about the odor of cigarette smoke, and when an employee offers to move them, they decline, saying they've already unpacked. ...

Managing Smoke-Free Expectations
Hotel News Resource - October 13, 2009

Potomac Hospitality Services and the Charlestowne Hotels management group collectively are bringing 22 new 100% smoke-free properties to the FreshStay's family of 4,800 .
Pineapple Hospitality is proud to announce that two new hotel management groups have joined FreshStay.com, the largest online directory of 100 percent smoke-free hotels in the world.

Potomac Hospitality Services and Charlestowne Hotels combined offer 22 properties that have completely eliminated smoking on their properties, adding to the comprehensive list of more than 4,800 other FreshStay.com hotels, motels and B&Bs. ...

Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino to Open in ...
Reuters - September 15, 2009

...At 20,000 square feet, the hotel`s casino, which is operated by CCHRP Hospitality, will be the largest in Puerto Rico and will offer a circular casino bar and entertainment space - the first in Puerto Rico. The 'smoke-free' 24-hour casino will feature 448 slot machines, 16 table games, a full player`s reward program, state-of-the-art specialty video, sound and light features and the island`s first multi-denominational slot machines. ...

FreshStay.com Targets 10000 Smoke-Free Hotels By End Of 2009
Hotels Magazine, Illinois, December 9, 2008

There are now more than 8300 smoke-free lodgings in the USA ­ nearly 6000 more than in 2005, AAA's figures show. There are many reasons why hotels, motels, ...

More hotels go completely smoke-free
Gary Stoller, USA Today, November 18, 2008

Amid growing public concern about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the number of lodgings prohibiting smoking indoors has tripled in three years, according to a USA TODAY analysis of American Automobile Association data.
There are more than 8,300 smoke-free lodgings in the USA — nearly 6,000 more than in 2005, AAA's figures show...

JD Power and Associates Reports: Hotel Guests Are Considerably ...
CNNMoney.com (press release) - July 29, 2008

Nearly nine of 10 guests (89%) say they prefer a smoke-free hotel environment in 2008, compared with 79 percent in 2006.

Hawaii hotels fining smoking scofflaws
Honolulu Advertiser, 2008-05-19
Robbie Dingeman Advertiser Staff Writer

Smokers who light up in a non-smoking hotel room in Hawai'i may may find themselves paying several hundred dollars more for the room cleanup.

Travel Hawaii, a Hawai'i-based Internet retailer, has set up a database -- www.travel-Hawaii.com/smoking.html -- that details the smoking policies of hotels throughout the state.

Travel Hawaii owner John Lindelow said his company updates the information as policies shift. "This is a rapidly changing area of hotel policy, so we make a lot of phone calls to stay on top of what the hotels are doing," he said.

So far, the top charge goes to Aqua Palms & Spa in Waikiki, with a $500 fee to clean a smoke-free room there.

Hawaii Hotel & Condominium Smoking Policies
Travel-Hawaii.com, 2007-04-20

In November of 2006, the state of Hawaii instituted a strict new smoking law. As a result, many Hawaii hotels declared all of their guest rooms to be smoke-free. This has been a boon to non-smokers, of course, who no longer have to enter a hotel room with that telltale odor of "smokers past" lingering in the air. However, smokers aren't happy with such policies, as they won't be able to stay at smoke-free hotels unless they stash their habit for the length of their stay, or only smoke "off premises" or in designated areas, which are usually outside any public area in the hotel, e.g. places like parking lots and other outside areas that are at least 20 feet from any doors or windows.

Some entire Hawaii hotel chains have declared all of their rooms to be smoke-free. These include:

* Outrigger and OHANA Hotels Hawaii

* ResortQuest Hotels Hawaii

* Marriott Resorts Hawaii

London's Marriott West India Quay goes smoke free
CatererSearch, UK - 4 hours ago

Under the English smoking ban, which comes into force on 1 July, specified hotel bedrooms will be exempt, but Marriott decided on a full ban for its 301 rooms and 47 executive serviced apartments following customer research.

Study Finds That Europeans Prefer Smoke-Free Hotels
New York Times, 2006-11-05
JENNIFER CONLIN

A recent survey of more than 12,000 hotel guests in Europe found that nearly 72 percent of French hotel guests now prefer a smoke-free environment, even beyond their room, suggesting that the French may embrace their planned 2008 smoking ban.

This year’s J. D. Power & Associates European Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study also revealed that 69 percent of hotel guests across Europe prefer a nonsmoking environment, not far off from the 79 percent of hotel guests in North America wanting smoke-free hotels. The lowest group to support smoke-free hotels was 57 percent of the guests who live in Spain, and the highest group to endorse no-smoking hotels was 76 percent of British and Swedish travelers.

Hotel Industry Goes Cold Turkey on Smoking Westin's Bold Experiment Pays Off, Triggers Trend
By Rich Thomaselli
Advertising Age, September 11, 2006

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- It wasn't easy for Sue Brush to kick the habit. "I had a few sleepless nights," the Westin Hotels senior VP-marketing said of the chain's decision to halt smoking in its 77 North American hotels.

Marriott Goes 'Smoke-Free' at All Hotels in North America - More Than 2,300 Properties and 10 Lodging Brands
PRNewswire, July 19, 2006

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR - News) announced today that all of the Company's lodging brands in the United States and Canada will become 100 percent smoke-free.

Heartland Inns to Go Smoke Free
Wednesday June 14, 9:00 am ET
American Cancer Society Applauds Hotel Chain's Leadership


WATERLOO, Iowa, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Heartland Inns of America, LLC, with 19 locations in Iowa and Wisconsin, announced today that it will be the first moderately-priced hotel chain of its size to implement a 100-percent, smoke-free policy.
In response to growing guest demand for comfortable, quality accommodations in a healthy, smoke-free environment, effective immediately all 19 Heartland Inn facilities will be 100-percent smoke free, including all guest rooms and public areas.

"Now guests can sleep and breathe easier in every room at every Heartland Inn," said Barb Cullinan, Heartland Inns of America, director of operations. "Our operating philosophy has always been 'do right' when it comes to our guests and this smoke-free policy is definitely the right thing to do for our guests' and employees' health and overall quality of life."

Take a Deep Breath in ... Out. Again. There's Something Different in the Air at New Virginia Marriott
Monday June 12, 8:38 am ET
Clean, clear, 100% smoke-free air fills Virginia's Newport News Marriott at City Center, opening June 15, 2006.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- It is in Virginia, just 25 miles from Jamestown, where John Rolfe landed in 1609, joining the exploration and establishment of the New World, where he quickly made tobacco the first great American enterprise. Today, things are changing in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the first guests to explore the Newport News Marriott at City Center will discover everything their hearts desire, including a totally smoke-free environment.

Westin Hotels in Australia & Fiji to go smokefree in July 2006
ASIA Travel Tips.com, June 5, 2006

Westin Hotels & Resorts is to become one of the first hotel chains in Australia and Fiji to introduce a smoke-free policy.

Beginning July 31st, The Westin Sydney, The Westin Melbourne and The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Fiji will be totally smoke free and join Westin’s 77 North America hotels that introduced a smoke-free policy this past January. This new policy also reinforces Westin’s new brand positioning around personal renewal and offering guests the services, products and amenities that allow them to relax, rejuvenate and restore during their stay.

Starwood offers new extended stay brand
Milwaukee Business Journal
June 2, 2006

A year after launching its aloft Hotels brand, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced plans for an "upper upscale" extended stay brand inspired by its Westin Hotels brand.

Code named "Project ESW," Starwood said in a release that the new brand will feature a sophisticated, residential product designed to be more home-like in an industry saturated with look-alike brands and generic features.

Hyatt launches smoke-free guarantee to top-tier
Travel Weekly (free registration required)
April 7, 2006

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has launched a program that guarantees non-smoking rooms and certain bed types for its Hyatt Gold Passport and Platinum members.