Celebrate in Your Area - Event Materials
Smokefree Skies Memory Book
Flight Attendants Speak Up
Tobacco Industry Interference
Why Aren't All Airports Now Smokefree?
California Helped Lead the Way
Department of Transportation - E-Cigarettes
Senator Durbin's Floor Speech to Commemorate 25 Years of Smokefree Skies (February 25 2015)
In February 2015, Senator Dick Durbin marked an important milestone: 25 years of #SmokefreeSkies. We applaud Senator Durbin and all the brave flight attendants who fought to get smoking out of their workplaces in the sky. Let's keep it up! Too many workers on the ground still need protection.
ANR's Executive Director Cynthia Hallett speaking at the event
On February 25, 1990, the "no-smoking" sign was permanently lit on U.S. domestic airline flights - for the health of flight attendants and passengers. This eventually led to smokefree air on all flights to and from the U.S. and to smokefree policies for airlines worldwide.
2015 marks the 25 year anniversary of this important public health achievement - made possible by a broad coalition of health groups, incredible legislative champions - Senator Lautenberg and Senator Durbin (then Rep. Durbin), and tenacious flight attendants who were willing to speak up publicly for their right to breathe.
In the 1980s, ANR staff Mark Pertschuk and Julia Carol met
with Norman Mineta to discuss proposals for smokefree airline flights.
Mr. Mineta was then the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Aviation and later served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
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Do you remember smoking on airplanes? Feel free to read the amazing stories in our Smokefree Skies Memory Book and to submit your own!
"For those non-smoking flight attendants who flew before the smoking ban, the cabin conditions were horrific. Indelibly stamped in our minds are images of this intolerable situation...smoke so thick that after the no smoking sign went off you could not see from the aft jump seat to the front of the cabin, fires started from dropped cigarettes, teeth and hair discolored by the smoke and the pungent smell of tobacco smoke in your uniform. Beyond the images, there were the all too frequent respiratory infections, burning eyes, and down line health consequences. ... Since the ban 25 years ago we have gotten very used to clean air in those same cabins. What an enormous difference it makes. We are beyond happy about the ban-it is lifesaving. But--we can never take it for granted. All of us, including young people today who may have never experienced this situation must guard this right to clean air to whatever future challenges might come up. We must never have this situation again. ... Thanks again for all ANR has done." -- Lani Blissard, Former Flight Attendant
"...it was like working in a chimney!" -- Kate Jewell, Former Flight Attendant
Former flight attendants describe the horror of working on smoke-filled airplanes in the two video clips below.
Patty Young Speech for Ending Secondhand Smoke on Airplanes
Patty Young, former flight attendant, describes what it is like to work in a smoke-filled airplane in this video clip from the late 1980's during the fight for smokefree skies. (Clip provided by The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society).
"I will be forever grateful to ANR for their comprehensive and generous support over decades to help the flight attendants get smoking off of all flights... Our flight attendant fight to ban smoking was a long and difficult road that resulted in many sicknesses, diseases, deaths and disabilities for our flight attendants. But on the positive side, our fight also led to the modern day worldwide non-smoking movement." -- Patty Young
Flight Attendant Kathie Cheney Speaks about Smoking on Airplanes
In this compelling video produced by the Georgia Alliance for Tobacco Prevention, former flight attendant Kathie Cheney describes her experience on smoke-filled flights, her diagnosis with "smokers' throat" and subsequent surgery.
In this tribute to Senator Lautenberg, MSNBC's Chris Hayes did a remarkable job of explaining the value and purpose of the Smokefree Skies law:
In the Congressional Record, then-Representive Richard Durbin listed the many organizations and individuals who played supporting roles in the smokefree skies law, including Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.
The tobacco industry along with its frontgroups and allies fought hard to undermine smokefree skies, despite the preventable death and disease to flight attendants. At the time, Big Tobacco opponents said that smoking was just part of the job. If people didn't want to breathe smoke in their job, they should work somewhere else. Smokefree airplanes would never work. People would stop flying or it would cause air rage.
Scroll through this online collection of more than 100 videos at UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library about the Airline Smoking Ban - including tv interviews, commercials, and more
In 1988, the Tobacco Institute's "Smokers' Rights Alliance" launched a letter writing campaign to Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration, in an effort to block the adoption of smokefree flight policies.
The campaign failed.
Here is a draft of an advertisement that RJ Reynolds ran against Northwest Airlines after the airline went voluntarily smokefree.
Remember having a row of seats separating the smoking section from the nonsmoking section in-flight? Here is an example of signage and a seating chart of smoking and nonsmoking sections on an airplane.
The amazing thing is not that smokefree airplanes work great and are now taken for granted, but that 25 years later, many people are STILL exposed to secondhand smoke in their workplaces and public places on the ground. In fact, tobacco industry allies say the exact same thing now about casino workers' exposure to secondhand smoke in their job as was said about flight attendants 25 years ago.
Most US airports are now 100% smokefree indoors - as are many around the world. But a handful of U.S. airports still allow indoor smoking: Atlanta, Denver, Dulles, Salt Lake City, Memphis, Nashville, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Cincinnati/Northern KY, and Biloxi.
The science is clear that airport smoking rooms don't address the health hazards of secondhand smoke or prevent the smoke from going into the indoor shared airspace.
Indoor smoking at Salt Lake City Airport exposes everyone in the building to secondhand smoke.
The federal law for smokefree airplanes was preceded by a 1987 California law sponsored by then Senator Nicholas (Nick) Petris. The law made all in-state flights in California smokefree (i.e. flying from San Francisco to San Diego). This showed that this was possible and helped move the Federal effort forward.
ANR presented CA Senator Petris with its Smokefree Hero Award for his sponsorship of the landmark smokefree transportation legislation.
On December 22, 2014, Politico Pulse reported that, "All domestic airlines have self-imposed bans on e-cigarette use, but the Department of Transportation is also working on rules to ban them. Except that the agency has delayed the release of those rules again, saying it needed time for 'additional coordination.' After saying in August the rules would be finalized by the end of this, DOT is now pushing the date to March 30. It first published proposed rules more than three years ago, which would prohibit e-cigarette use during domestic flights and international flights to and from the U.S."
A group of Senators wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation urging that e-cigarettes be included in the smokefree skies law. Here is the response from the Department of Transportation.
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legacy to play key role in top industry reform push
Environment & Energy Publishing - March 10, 2015
To fight the smoking ban, airlines and cigarette companies worked together to ... on whether it was possible to modify aircraft to better ventilate the smoke.
Durbin tells about the dare that resulted in airplane smoking ban
Chicago Sun-Times - February 25, 2015
And on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Sen. Dick Durbin, R-Illinois, reminded everyone of how the legislation came to be. At the time, he was a House member .
Been 25 Years of Smoke-Free Flying. Is the Air on Your Plane ...
Yahoo Travel - February 25, 2015
Once upon a time there used to be smoking on flights. For those who don't remember it was disgusting. Even many smokers didn't want to be stuck in a plane ...
Anniversary of Smoke Free Skies [Video of Senator Dick Durbin]
YouTube - February 25, 2015
Twenty-five years after the implementation of landmark legislation to ban smoking on commercial airline flights, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to protect young people from predatory e-cigarette marketing and distribution tactics that ...
Vaping Reignite The Battle Over Smoking On Airplanes?
National Public Radio (NPR) - February 24, 2015
Now the big question is whether e-cigarettes should fall under the same restrictions. The Department of Transportation considers the current smoking ban to include e-cigarettes, and the department is in the process of determining whether they need an e
smell, burnt pantyhose: Flight attendants remember smoky flights
The Seattle Times - February 24, 2015
The ban on smoking in airplanes began 25 years ago, and flight attendants tell ... consider what it was like before smoking was banned on domestic flights 25 ...
SMOKING ON PLANES: LUNG ASSOCIATION REFLECTS ON MAJOR LEGISLATIVE WIN
Associations Now (ASAE) February 24, 2014
Before we got rid of smoking in restaurants, we got rid of smoking on airplanes. That first step helped turn secondhand smoke from a (cough, hack) fact of life into a (deep breath) rare occurrence. And the American Lung Association (ALA) is proud of its ...
Years Ago, U.S. Airlines Banned Smoking On Domestic Flights
Forbes - February 24, 2015
Twenty-five years ago Wednesday, a new federal law banned smoking on nearly every domestic flight, a key step in the continuing struggle to improve public health by reducing smoking and exposure to it. Feb. 25 "is an important anniversary because it established a precedent that airline cabins were an environment not to have smoking," said Dave Dobbins, chief operating officer of Legacy, an anti-smoking advocacy group. "That provided a model for understanding that this could be done in other places as well. In 1973, according to a "smoke-free transportation chronology" by Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, the Civil Aeronautics Board implemented a requirement for separate smoking and non-smoking sections on airplanes.
Attendant Union Continues to Push for Better Air Quality
NEWS.GNOM.ES - February 24, 2015
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) is pushing for improved air quality in aircraft cabins to protect both the crew and the passengers. AFA International President Sara Nelson heads to London this week to steer the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) meeting on cabin air quality.
attendants, Sen. Durbin mark 25th anniversary of law banning smoking on flights
Daily Journal - February 24, 2015
Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA on Monday met Sen. ... She says her years of working on smoky flights make her more susceptible to ...
attendants celebrate 25 years of smoke-free flights
SaukValley.com - February 24, 2015
Flight attendants urged the National Academy of Sciences in 1986 to study the effects of in-flight smoking. Moe Kerrigan says the study ...
Flying Was Like Before the Smoke Cleared
NDTV - February 24, 2015
Today, virtually every commercial flight in the world is smoke-free. ... We really were the tipping point that allowed for smoke-free workplaces in this country.
of Smoking Bill [AUDIO]
Alton Daily News - February 24, 2015
25 years ago, smoking was outlawed on commercial flights, thanks to legislation from an Illinois politician. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), then a congressman from Springfield, sponsored the commercial airline smoking ban law, which went into effect February 23, 1990. He says the significance of the ban is only apparent now.
Flying Was Like Before the Smoke Cleared
New York Times - February 23, 2015
IF you think the air travel experience generally stinks now, consider what it was like before smoking was banned on domestic flights 25 years ago. ...
marks anniversary of ban on smoking in US commercial airplanes
WLS-TV| abc7 - February 23, 2015
CHICAGO (WLS) -- This week marks the 25th anniversary of legislation that banned smoking on U.S. commercial airplanes. "I was told I didn't have a chance. The tobacco lobby was just too strong. But I decided to test it and with support from a number of my colleagues got it to a vote on the floor of the House of the Representatives," Durbin said.
health advocates celebrate 25 years of no smoking on US flights
The Keene Sentinel - February 23, 2015
CHICAGO - It has been 25 years since American Airlines flight attendant Jena Olsen waded through clouds of cigarette smoke on an airplane. E-cigarettes look like cigarettes, but are battery-operated and heat a liquid that contains nicotine, according to the Mayo Clinic. Unlike the smoke exhaled from a ...
Durbin celebrates 25 years of smoke free flights [VIDEO]
MyFox Chicago - February 23, 2015
It's been 25 years since passengers have been able to light up a cigarette
on commercial flights. Illinois senator Dick Durbin sparked the change as a
on a Plane: E-Cigarettes Ignite Controversy
Yahoo! Travel - August 19, 2014
here is new controversy over the use of electronic cigarettes on airplanes but this time instead of it being about the health effects of the vaping on fellow passengers, its about fire safety. After an e-cigarette burned a hole in a passengers checked luggage at Logan International Airport in Boston, airport officials are calling for federal officials to classify the devices as hazardous materials, according to The New York Times.
lawmakers urge ban on e-cigarettes on airplanes
Chicago Tribune (blog) - June 11, 2014
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators said on Tuesday in a letter urging the Department of Transportation to finalize rules proposed almost three years ago...
airport board bans e-cigarettes
wishtv.com - March 21, 2014
1 hour ago - INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) The Indianapolis Airport Authority on Friday amended its ... the buildings and vehicles owned by the Indianapolis International Airport. The airport had already banned the use of traditional cigarettes, ...
Use of e-cigarettes prohibited at Indianapolis International Airport
Fox 59 ?- March 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 21, 2014)An expanded smoking ordinance approved by the Indianapolis Airport Authority Board of Directors will ...
may be banned on Airport campus
WALB-TV - March 15, 2013
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Smokers may soon have to put out their cigarettes before they even get to the parking lot at Albany's airport. Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is considering a ban on smoking anywhere on its property. The airport director and other officials will discuss the proposed ban during the aviation commission meeting next week. But not everyone's thrilled about the potential changes. Smoking is already prohibited inside airport terminal, but policy makers are discussing the benefits of an outdoor ban as well. If the proposal passes, no one will be able to smoke anywhere on the airport's property.
major US airports that allow smoking won't kick the habit
NBCNews.com January 18, 2013
Smoking is still allowed in specific areas at the five major U.S. airports detailed in a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed air pollution levels that are significantly higher than those at non-smoking airports. "In general, smoking is limited to a handful of hub airports," said Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "The list is pretty small. Ten years ago, smoke-free airports were something of an anomaly."
one smoking lounge remains open at Denver International Airport; 3 closed in
The Denver Channel January 14, 2013
DENVER - Three smoking lounges at Denver International Airport closed in 2012. According to a news release from Denver International Airport, the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation says 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports are 100 percent smoke-free indoors.
Study Pinpoints Airport Smoking Areas' Pollution Levels
Occupational Health and Safety - November 26, 2012
People passing by, cleaning, or working near designated smoking areas in five large U.S. airports are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to the study.
Over the Holidays? Secondhand Smoke Still Poses Health Risk at Some Airports
TIME Magazine - November 21, 2012
But according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), even those steps can expose those passing by to unwanted second-hand smoke. Just outside those smoking areas, average air pollution levels caused by secondhand smoke
butts about it: Fewer US airports allow smoking
USA TODAY - June 5, 2012
... According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, indoor smoking is completely banned at 27 of the 35 busiest US airports. ...
International Airport to phase out indoor smoking
9news.com, May 18, 2012
Denver International Airport is on its way to becoming smoke-free. ... "The smoking rooms and ventilation systems don't protect people from the effects of second-hand smoke," Bronson Frick, associate director for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights said. "This is about everyone's right to breathe clean-indoor air." As of April, 27 of the top 35 U.S. airports are 100 percent smoke-free indoors, according to the American Non-Smokers Rights Foundation. ...
of airport smoking lounges a community matter
CNN International, March 25, 2011
But ventilation systems do not eliminate the hazards of second-hand smoke, a 2006 Surgeon General's report found, leading public health advocacy groups to support a zero tolerance policy.
"We're optimistic that the trend is still going toward 100% smoke free, like the airlines. The question is who will be the last?" said Cynthia Hallet, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based lobbying group. "The bottom line is this is a health issue. We know what smoking and second-hand smoke can do to us, and the safest policy is a smoke-free policy."
Hallet said she would like to "see some leadership" on the issue
from the nation's busiest airport. Instead, Atlanta's airport takes the lead
in the number of airport smoking lounges, 11 spread out over 6 concourses, in
the name of customer service.
bans solicitors at airport, cuts down on smoking sites
San Francisco Examiner - Will Reisman - March 2, 2011
SFO has moved to ban solicitation and also made it more difficult for smokers to light up at the airport.
Separate proposals to outlaw solicitation and ban smoking at outdoor sections of the hub were passed unanimously Tuesday by the San Francisco Airport Commission. ...
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 ...
Air Travelers at Risk From Secondhand Smoke
LiveScience.com - Stephanie Pappas - November 18, 2010
Overenthusiastic Transportation Security Administration pat-downs aren't your only travel worry this holiday season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new report by the agency finds that one in four of the largest U.S. airports still allows smoking indoors, potentially exposing travelers and workers to disease-causing secondhand smoke.
The findings, published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, reveal an unnecessary risk, according to CDC director Thomas Friedan. Secondhand smoke has been linked to heart attacks, lung cancer and asthma attacks, among other ailments. [Read: How Bad is Secondhand Smoke?]
"Every year, millions of people who travel through and work at these airports
are unnecessarily exposed to secondhand smoke," Friedan said in a statement.
"Even ventilated smoking rooms do not eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.
Eliminating smoking at airports is the only way to fully eliminate exposure."
seven large airports still allow indoor smoking
USA Today - Roger Yu - November 18, 2010
Seven of the largest U.S. airports still allow smoking indoors, exposing travelers to secondhand smoke, says a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study cites the following large airports that allow smoking in designated smoking rooms, bars or airline clubs: Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Washington Dulles and Salt Lake City. The airports account for about 22% U.S. passenger boardings.
"Every year, millions of people who travel through and work at these airports are unnecessarily exposed to secondhand smoke," says CDC Director Thomas Frieden in a statement, released in part to promote the Great American Smokeout day on Thursday. "Even ventilated smoking rooms do not eliminate secondhand smoke exposure. Eliminating smoking at airports is the only way to fully eliminate exposure for people who pass into and through airports." ...
calls out McCarran as more airports go smoke-free
Las Vegas Sun - Richard N. Velotta - November 18, 2010
A report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of the dangers of second-hand smoke at public airports and calls attention to McCarran International Airport as one of seven large-hub airports that have indoor smoking areas.
The report says there are more smoke-free airports today than the last time the CDC did a similar report in 2002. Of the 29 largest airports, 22 of them, 76 percent, are smoke-free. In 2002, when the agency studied 31 airports, 13 of them 42 percent did not allow smoking.
The report also said 23 of 29 airports have designated outdoor smoking areas compared with 21 of 31 in 2002. Twenty of 29 airports require smokers to be a minimum distance from entrances to airport buildings today while 19 of 31 had that requirement in 2002. ...