Nonsmokers show smokers where to smoke at America’s airports

smokingPeople should be nicer to smokers, they’re dying off in droves.

So there’s some good news and some bad news: The good news is that there are still a few airports where you can enjoy a cool refreshing smoky treat — a total of seven out of the top 35 airports in America.

The bad news is that groups such as the American Non Smokers Foundation wants to eliminate even those from it’s list, meaning there will be no place beyond the security check point where you can open up your American Spirit and relax.

We don’t care if you smoke or not, but do think if you want to have a cigarette, you should be allowed to do it. We understand that lots of people want to enforce their ideas on you and use fear and fuzzy science to do just that. Whatever, we’re too busy traveling to care about a bunch of self righteous individuals who make faces when you light up and wave their hands violently as if a bee is about to sting them.

The proper response to this would be to say “fuck you” and take another drag.

However, here is the American Non Smokers Foundation list of the busiest 35 airports in America and where you can still smoke. Smokers rejoice, the nonsmokers have compiled a complete list of places you can enjoy a cigarette in most likely confined quarters that reek of smoke and covered in ash.

 Smoking Policies in the 35 Busiest U.S. Airports
April 5, 2013
This list describes the smoking policies of the 35 busiest U.S. airports. Airports are ranked according toIMG_0977 the number of total volume of passenger traffic.* As of April 2013, 29 of the top 35 U.S. airports are 100% smokefree indoors.
1.    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – Smoking is permitted in 13 smoking rooms throughout the airport, as well as in selected food and beverage areas. Internal tobacco industry documents show that many of these rooms were designed, constructed, and financed by Philip Morris front groups as part of a sophisticated airport strategy to protect millions of dollars in annual profits by enabling product consumption. Promoting the social acceptability of smoking was also an important objective for the tobacco industry in the Hartsfield Airport: construction of the smoking rooms was completed in time for the 1996 Summer Olympics, held in Atlanta. This drew millions of passengers from around the world through Hartsfield and past its newly built smoking lounges.
2.    Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) – Completely smokefree indoors.
3.    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – Completely smokefree indoors. Smoking is permitted in three outdoor smoking areas located past security gates at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, Terminal 2, and Terminal 7.
4.    Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) – Completely smokefree indoors.
5.    Denver International Airport (DIA) – A smoking lounge is located in the Timberline Steaks & Grill. In 2012, three previous smoking lounges closed that had been located in two Aviator’s Clubs and the Mesa Verde Restaurant. The Timberline lounge will remain until its lease expires in 2018.
6.    John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – Completely smokefree indoors.
7.    San Francisco International (SFO) – Completely smokefree indoors.
8.    McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas – Smoking is permitted in the Budweiser Racing Track Lounge in the Esplanade Pre-Security area, enclosed slot-machine lounges in D Concourse and Terminal 3, with plans for an enclosed gaming lounge in C Concourse. The airport was smokefree indoors from 12/2006 until 8/2010 by Nevada law. Smoking is permitted in the bar because it stopped serving food, and Nevada law stipulates that smoking is permitted in bars that do not serve food. Smoking is permitted in enclosed slot-machine lounges because they have been designated as gaming floors, which are exempt from Nevada law.
9.    Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) – Completely smokefree indoors. 10. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston – Completely smokefree indoors. 11. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) – Completely smokefree indoors. 12. Miami International Airport (MIA) – Completely smokefree indoors. 13. Orlando International Airport (MCO) – Completely smokefree indoors.
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14. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – Completely smokefree indoors.
15. Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) – Completely smokefree indoors.
16. Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) – Completely smokefree indoors.
17. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) – Completely smokefree indoors.
18. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – Completely smokefree indoors.
19. Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston – Completely smokefree indoors.
20. La Guardia Airport in New York (LGA) – Completely smokefree indoors.
21. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) – Completely smokefree indoors.
22. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) – Completely smokefree indoors.
23. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – Smoking rooms are located near gates B38, B75, C4 and D30.
24. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) – Smoking is permitted in smoking rooms located throughout the airport. Tobacco industry documents show that Healthy Buildings International, a tobacco industry front group that touts the “benefits” of “accommodation” and smoking lounge ventilation systems, met with Salt Lake Airport architects to discuss smoking lounge ventilation systems. The document makes suggestions for future plans concerning smoking lounges at SLC and suggests the airport be used as a “demonstration facility.”
25. Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) – Completely smokefree indoors.
26. Regan-Washington National Airport (DCA) – Completely smokefree indoors.
27. Honolulu International Airport (HNL) – Completely smokefree indoors.
28. San Diego International Airport (SAN) – Completely smokefree indoors.
29. Tampa International Airport (TPA) – Completely smokefree indoors.
30. Portland (OR) International Airport (PDX) – Completely smokefree indoors.
31. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) – Completely smokefree indoors.
32. Kansas City International Airport (MCI) – Completely smokefree indoors.
33. William P. Hobby Airport in Houston (HOU) – Completely smokefree indoors.
34. Nashville International Airport (BNA) – Smoking is permitted in two Graycliff Boutique & Lounge (with purchase) locations: on Concourse B near Gate B10 and on Concourse C near Gate C10.
35. General Mitchell International in Milwaukee (MKE) – Completely smokefree indoors.

 

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Scott is the executive editor of Hipster Travel Guide. During the day, he's a journalist in Detroit.