- "We are pleased to have been asked to participate in this observation of the 15th anniversary of the decision by our nation's airlines to go smoke free. The serious health problems caused by tobacco use are well-documented as are the effects of second hand smoke on non-tobacco users. Little Rock National Airport has joined with our airline partners in restricting smoking," said Deborah H. Schwartz, Executive Director at Little Rock National Airport in Arkansas.
- "The Airport's new policy will make PHL [Philadelphia International Airport] 100% smokefree to protect the general public and Airport employees from the adverse health effects of second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable disease.... Any action taken to improve the air we breathe, especially in public facilities like Philadelphia International Airport, improves the quality of life for all of us," said Charles J. Isdell, Philadelphia Director of Aviation.
- "We have been rated as one of the cleanest airports in the country. Obviously if we aren't having to clean up smoking areas the maintenance staff has more time to make the rest of the airport spotless," said Lisa Belarionda, Airport Spokeswoman for the West Palm Beach International in Florida.
- "The biggest thing about a smokefree policy is it provides a cleaner air environment for those who don't smoke Overall, we have happier travelers with a smokefree policy. We went from having 'smoking sections' to going smokefree and therefore didn't have to deal with smoking booths and that sort of thing. We would have had major problems coming up with space and money for smoking lounges if we didn't go smokefree. I think smokers have learned to accept that they have to smoke outside. And I think nonsmokers have become used to smokefree environments and expect it now. Our smokefree policy works smoothly and hasn't caused any heartaches or complaints," said Rich McCollum, Airport Manager, in Amarillo, Texas.
- "Our smokefree policy is beneficial because nonsmokers are not subjected to secondhand smoke. Some people are nonsmokers because they simply choose not to smoke and others are nonsmokers because they have severe health problems. Being smokefree means that people with these kinds of health problems can still use our airport. I think more and more people are becoming nonsmokers, so a smokefree policy is just better for us . By making a nonsmoking airport and having areas outside where people can smoke, there is only one area where cigarette butts, ashtrays and ashcans need to be cleaned up. I think [a smokefree policy] does save money on maintenance. And then also we don't have to worry about burned up upholstery inside," said Diana Bell, Office Manager, in Eugene, Oregon.
- "A smokefree policy helps primarily by limiting the risk of [exposure to] secondhand smoke to nonsmokers. Also, smoke carries residue and tar with it. A smokefree policy makes our airport cleaner," said Ralph Hill, Landside Operations Superintendent for the Oakland International Airport in California.
- "The smokefree policy is beneficial, of course, in terms of a better breathing environment. With over 90,000 people going through the terminal every day, we would have some major issues with air quality if we weren't smokefree . It's also a cost issue for us. In order to install the ventilation system necessary to allow smoking indoors, we would have to spend lots of money - it would be very expensive. If one third [of our patrons] are smokers, it would take a very expensive type of ventilation system to create a space where smokers could congregate," said Patrick Hogan, Public Information Officer at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota.
- "I think that the majority of travelers are nonsmokers, and a smokefree policy provides a more pleasant and healthier traveling experience for those who don't smoke. Smokers aren't being prohibited from smoking - they can go outside. As long as nonsmokers aren't forced to inhale cigarette smoke that's the main point . We have received compliments from nonsmokers who appreciate the smokefree environment . I think employees appreciate it too. I know I certainly appreciate not having to leave the office when other people are smoking around me," said Craig Clayton, Community Involvement Director at Houston Systems (George Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby Airports) in Texas.
- "Airport facilities often determine the first impression a traveler makes when visiting a new city. We want the traveling public to have a great first impression of our city by ensuring [that the airports] are clean, safe, healthy and customer-service friendly," said Michael R White, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.
* Source: Press releases, articles and telephone interviews conducted between 10/3/2002-5/5/2005 by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights.