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Hotels, Motels, Going Smoke-Free

February 23rd, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

According to this article in last week’s USA Today,  it’s saying that hotels, motels and other lodgings are banning smoking on 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,” author Gary Stoller writes.

From the article:

“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.”

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Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, or ANR,  is the “leading national lobbying organization (501 (c) 4), dedicated to nonsmokers’ rights, taking on the tobacco industry at all levels of government, protecting nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke, and preventing tobacco addiction among youth. ANR pursues an action-oriented program of policy and legislation.”

According to their website:

“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.”

ANR reports that Westin’s 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-Carlson, Fairfield Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, and Spring Hill Suites.)”

I think this is great news – that more and more hotels are going smoke-free. I find it surprising when hospitals aren’t smoke-free. Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH has implemented a Smoke-Free/Tobacco-free campus.

What are your thoughts about these establishments going smoke-free?