Atlanta Airport has abolished all smoking areas in the airport. However, this did not happen voluntarily.
Non-smokers are probably not aware of this. But there are websites that tell smokers where to smoke in airports. At Airportsmoker, for example, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport says: “There are designated smoking areas within the airport.” This is followed by a list of more than ten places where you can light glowing sticks or turn on e-cigarettes.
However, this information has been out of date for a few days. Since January 2, 2020, smoking, whether conventional or electronic, has been banned in the world’s largest airport in terms of passenger numbers. The move was not voluntary, but in the wake of a ban on smoking that the city of Atlanta has enacted.
Airport distributes nicotine lozenges
The ban also applies to bars, restaurants, workplaces, hotel rooms and closed public areas. The city wants to reduce the health risk from passive smoking and ensure that fewer young people start smoking. Those who violate the ban face a fine of up to $ 200.
In fact, in the past few years there had been a requirement that smoking should no longer be permitted at Atlanta Airport. But management always refused to take the step. It argued that smoking lounges were important for passenger comfort. Secondly, they would prevent smokers from secretly satisfying their cravings in other places, such as on the toilets.
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Now that the city of Atlanta has been enacted, travelers are now required to go to outdoor smoking areas. In addition, the airport will distribute free nicotine lozenges in the transitional period until the end of January.
And what about Europe? In London Heathrow, the largest European airport, smoking is generally prohibited inside the building. In other important airports such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Zurich or Vienna there are also smoking areas, lounges or cabins in the airport.