Smoking In Airports Is A Public Health Hazard
While all domestic airline flights are smokefree, ANR Foundation has noticed an alarming situation at airports throughout the country. Once travelers step off their smokefree flight, they’re greeted by noxious secondhand smoke.
It’s not just a coincidence. The tobacco industry has launched an assault on your right to breathe smokefree air in airports.
According to the tobacco industry’s own internal documents, Big Tobacco has targeted smokefree airports across the country to build smoking lounges, and they’re fighting to keep airports from becoming smokefree!
A study published in the November 22, 2017 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that 23 of the world’s 50 busiest aiports have smokefree indoor policies. The report affirms a growing trend toward smokefree and that among the top 10 busiest passenger airports worldwide, five are 100% smokefree indoors and five still allow indoor smoking, despite the known health hazards of secondhand smoke.
As of January 2, 2018, more than 600 U.S. airports are smokefree indoors, but several major airports still allow smoking inside including Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Washington Dulles. Let these airports know you want 100% smokefree indoor air!
The science is clear that airport smoking rooms or ventilation systems do not address the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Today, more than 85% of U.S. adults are nonsmokers. Airports can re-purpose smoking areas into more useful passenger amenities while also creating a much healthier environment for everyone.