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Travelers are breathing easier as more cities and states have smokefree hotels, restaurants, bars, and airports. Hotel chains like Marriott and Westin now have smokefree policies. J.D. Power and Associates says that smokefree facilities are now a key factor for guest satisfaction.

Make it a priority to have meetings and vacations in smokefree cities and smokefree facilities. Be sure to let hotels, airports, restaurants, and local chambers of commerce know that smokefree air is a priority for your work and personal travel.

ANR was at the forefront of smokefree travel when we helped nonsmokers and flight attendants win the right to breathe smokefree air on all domestic airline flights.

2010 marked the 20 year Anniversary of smokefree U.S. domestic flights, and the ten year anniversary of smokefree flights in and out of the United States. Now it is time to extend that same smokefree workplace protection to everyone, including those of us who work in casinos, bars, hotels, and airports.

Now that travelers have become used to smokefree airplanes, they are wondering why some airports still allow indoor smoking. For years the tobacco industry has targeted smokefree airports to build smoking rooms, while fighting to keep smoke-filled airports smoke-filled.

Hotels have typically been reluctant to go smokefree, but over time they have begun to allocate more smokefree rooms and smokefree floors. Now many hotels, including the Westin and Marriott chains, have 100% smokefree indoor air policies based on customer demand as well as concern about the health hazards of secondhand smoke to employees.

Around the world, smokefree destinations are now easy to find. Ireland, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Bhutan, and parts of Australia and Canada are all smokefree, and the list is growing all the time.

Smokefree Travel News

Norwegian latest cruise line to ban smoking in cabins
USA Today - August 9, 2011


Norwegian Cruise Line is changing its smoking policy. Effective in January, passengers will no longer be allowed to smoke in their cabins. ...

No butts about it: Cruise lines restrict smoking
MSNBC, 2011-06-16
Dan Askin, Cruise Critic / Overhead Bin

Citing changing passenger preferences, Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America and Princess Cruises have announced more restrictive smoking policies. ...

Use of e-cigs not allowed on US flights
The State, Fri, Feb 11, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Department of Transportation says the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes on airplanes is prohibited and plans to issue an official ban this spring, according to a letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood obtained by The Associated Press.

In the letter to Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, LaHood said the department has been informing airlines and the public that it interprets smoking regulations to include e-cigarettes. Lautenberg, who wrote the 1987 law that banned smoking on airplanes, had asked transportation officials to clarify the rule.

E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the "smoker" inhales. A tiny light on the tip even glows like a real cigarette. They have prompted debate over how risky they are and whether they're even legal ...

FreshStay e-newsletter spotlights smoke-free hotel trends & success stories
Hotel News Resource - January 25, 2010

Pineapple Hospitality has published another e-newsletter for fans of its FreshStay.com portal to 4800-plus smoke-free hotels.

Five nonsmokers’ paradises: a guide for globe-trotters
Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2009
Mark Millian (Daily Travel & Deal Blog)

The world’s biggest tobacco-consuming countries that I profiled in my last post, including Greece, Russia and Austria, are also among the top travel spots, but the opposite isn’t quite the case.

Countries with the lowest reported adult smokers, as you’ll notice in the list below, don’t all provide dream vacations.

But there are some nice hangouts not far beyond the top 10. The percentage of adult tobacco smokers in Barbados, the homeland of pop singer Rihanna, is 10.8%, according to a 2005 World Health Organization report. At No. 12, the island is the first on the list that is not on the African continent. We’ve listed some others at the end. ...

P&O Cruises Kicks Indoor Smoking Habit
Cruise Critic.com (The Independent Traveler), January 8, 2009

P&O Cruises is set to go smoke-free inside all of its ships from next year.

In 2008, the British line introduced a no-smoking-indoors policy on three of its ships -- Artemis, Oceana and Ventura -- when the U.K. banned smoking inside public places. P&O is now following suit with its remaining three ships and its new-build, Azura, which joins the fleet next April.

From April 2010 smoking will no longer be permitted in any inside areas, including staterooms, onboard Aurora, Azura and Oriana. The ban will be implemented on Arcadia in May 2010.

Passengers who wish to light up will still be able to smoke on stateroom balconies and on certain open decks. ...

Cruise Line Smoking Policies
Cruise Critic.com (The Independent Traveler), March 2009

To smoke ... or not to smoke. Nothing fires up cruise travelers more than this issue. Indeed, check out the posts on Cruise Critic's message boards -- but we warn you: Put on your oven mitts before you open any thread with "smoking" in the title. It'll be red hot. . . .

Cruise lines, though, have generally taken a more moderate approach to smoking policies. Renaissance Cruises, an entirely non-smoking line, no longer exists. Carnival's Paradise, which started life as a smoke-free vessel and stayed that way for six years, now allows smoking onboard. But several major cruise lines have recently introduced very limiting policies, as have many small-ship "boutique" lines and river cruise vessels. But for other major companies, the policies are not nearly as restrictive as most non-smokers wish they were.

It's an issue of "spoilage" (the industry's lingo for unsold cabins) that keeps cruise lines from designating some cabins non-smoking, in the fashion of hotel rooms. "It would present an inventory mess," says a spokesperson for CLIA, the cruise industry's official trade association. "The cruise lines' yield management people want the ships to sail full at all times; you can't do that if you set aside non-smoking rooms."

We're presenting the policies for you in one neat, tidy package ...

Fred. Olsen Kicks Indoor Smoking Habit
CruiseCritic.co.uk - May 29, 2009

Today's the day that Fred. Olsen finally kicks the habit and goes totally smoke-free -- well, indoors anyway.

Last September, the line announced it would gradually be changing the smoking policy on all five of its fleet's ships. Today, Balmoral will be the final ship to implement a ban on lighting up in all indoor areas.

Balmoral returned from its world cruise today, and from now on, passengers will only be able to smoke on cabin balconies and in designated areas on open decks. ...

Cigarette smoke won't fly at airport restaurants
Shanghai Daily - May 13, 2009

NERVOUS fliers now have a tougher time getting in that last nicotine fix before taking off from Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport, and non-smokers are breathing a little easier.

A new anti-smoking campaign bans tobacco use in all restaurants, toilets, offices and other public spaces inside the terminals. Businesses that violate the ban will be fined up to 1,000 yuan (US$147) every time the smell of tobacco smoke or other evidence such as a cigarette butt is discovered on their property.

Bigger, more prominent no-smoking signs began going up last week inside both terminal buildings, airport management said yesterday. ...

Overview of Smoking Policies by Cruise Line
CruiseMates Cruise Guide - May 13, 2009

Hardly any single topic in our cruise forums attracts more interest than one entitled "Smoking policies on Cruise Ships."

Smoking issues on cruise ships can get very heated, and rarely do you see the opposing sides reach a meaningful point of compromise. So when the cruise lines have to create smoking policies the challenge is to try to please both sides, smoking and non-smoking passengers, at the same time. Not an easy thing to do!

This article will focus on the smoking policies of some of the major U.S.-based cruise lines, and what you can expect will happen once you actually get onboard.

First of all, there is no entirely smoke-free cruise line serving the North American market. While most cruise ships are largely smoke-free, all the cruise lines provide at least some areas for cigarette smokers, and even for pipe and cigar smokers. However, even cruise lines owned by the same parent corporations are not created equal, and some of them are far more restrictive than others. ...

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...

At Your Service: Cruise Line Smoking Policies
Cruise Critic.com (The Independent Traveler), 2008-03-15

To smoke ... or not to smoke. Nothing fires up cruise travelers more than this issue. Indeed, check out the posts on Cruise Critic's message boards -- but we warn you: Put on your oven mitts before you open any thread with "smoking" in the title. It'll be red hot.

This issue is so incendiary (pun intended) that smokers often feel bruised and battered and slink away in shame, and non-smokers are often arrogant and self-righteous and ... well, just plain rude. On the other hand, there are non-smokers whose response is to live and let live and smokers who take the position that "hell, it's still legal, so leave me alone." . . .

several major cruise lines have recently introduced very limiting policies, as have many small-ship "boutique" lines and river cruise vessels. But for other major companies, the policies are not nearly as restrictive as most non-smokers wish they were.

It's an issue of "spoilage" (the industry's lingo for unsold cabins) that keeps cruise lines from designating some cabins non-smoking, in the fashion of hotel rooms. "It would present an inventory mess," says a spokesperson for CLIA, the cruise industry's official trade association. "The cruise lines' yield management people want the ships to sail full at all times; you can't do that if you set aside non-smoking rooms."

We're presenting the policies for you in one neat, tidy package

Travelers Clear the Air on Smoking Regulations
CNNMoney.com, August 9, 2007

Eighty-six percent of travelers surveyed are non-smokers. While only 14 percent identified themselves as smokers, 23 percent admitted to "social- smoking.

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

Hawaii's new law is as follows: . . .

Below are two tables--the first listing all hotels in Hawaii in which all rooms are non-smoking. Some of these hotels do have designated areas for smoking, which are also listed when known. The second table lists the hotels that still offer some smoking rooms...

State promotes its restrictions on smoking
Boston Globe, June 27, 2006

PORTLAND, Maine --Maine is touting its ban on smoking in public buildings as another reason for vacationers to visit the state.

Five signs are being posted this week at various locations along the Maine Turnpike and Interstate 95 to let motorists know that it's against the law to light up in places such as government buildings, restaurants and bars.

"Breathe easy, you're in Maine," the blue signs with white lettering say. "All indoor public places are smoke-free."

WOLFF: Westin does the right thing
Lodging Hospitality
December 7, 2005

I applaud Westin Hotels & Resorts for banning smoking...

Westin Hotels ban smoking
USA Today, December 5, 2005

The new year will ring in the USA's first smoke-free major hotel chain.

Westin Hotels & Resorts will announce today that it is snuffing out smoking in all rooms, restaurants, bars and public areas at its 77 U.S., Canadian and Caribbean properties starting in January. Guests may smoke only on balconies or in other outdoor areas.

Smokefree Winter Vacation: Black Mountain of Maine is a tobacco-free facility
January 24, 2005
Skiers atop Black Mountain here may find the clean, crisp air just a little cleaner this winter.

More Tourist Destinations Going 100% Smokefree
January 21, 2005
For some nonsmokers, particularly parents with young children and anyone with asthma, a smoke-free atmosphere is a crucial factor in choosing vacation destinations.

Court Upholds Secondhand Smoke Case
December 22, 2004
MIAMI (AP) -- A state appeals court upheld a $500,000 award to a flight attendant who blamed secondhand smoke on airliners for her bronchitis and sinus trouble - a decision Wednesday that could clear the way for damage trials on up to 3,000 similar claims.