Smoke-Free Policies are Good for Business
89% of hotel guests prefer a 100% smoke-free hotel environment, according to a J.D. Power & Associates survey. Despite this demand, it is estimated that only 16% of Minnesota lodging establishments are smoke-free. For more information about how a smoke-free policy can help your business and increase customer satisfaction, click here.
Secondhand smoke—the smoke that comes from a lighted tobacco product or exhaled by a smoker—contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Of these chemicals, at least 250 are known toxins, and more than 70 are cancer causing chemicals. A smoke-free policy will protect the health of your guests and employees. Click here for more information.
Secondhand smoke dramatically reduces indoor air quality. Ventilation systems and air purifiers cannot remove secondhand smoke from the air. The only way to effectively remove this smoke is to implement a 100% smoke-free policy. Click here for more information on secondhand smoke and indoor air quality.
A smoke-free policy protects your property from damage. Smoking can result in stains, burns, odors, and even fire. For more information about how a smoke-free policy can protect your investment, click here.
Smoke-free policies are legal. Smoking is not a protected right or activity. For more information about what Minnesota law says about smoke-free policies in lodging establishments and how to implement a “smart” smoke-free policy, click here. According to Minnesota law, guests are prohibited from smoking cigarettes, pipes, cigars, or any other smoking material in a guest room that is designated as nonsmoking. Anyone found guilty of doing so may be charged with a petty misdemeanor and may be ordered to pay the actual costs incurred to restore the room to its pre-violation condition plus a $30 service charge. If you find evidence of smoking in a nonsmoking room, you must document the evidence carefully and keep records of all costs incurred to restore the room. You must, then, notify the offending guest through a “Notice of Damage.” A sample “Notice of Damage” can be found here (opens as .pdf). This sample was created for and provided by the Minnesota Lodging Association.
When adopting a smoke-free policy, you need to decide what areas you want the policy to cover, when you want your smoke-free policy to take effect, and how you will notify your guests. For more information about adopting a smoke-free policy, click here.
If you're interested in adoping a smoke-free policy for your business, Smoke-Free Lodging can help you through the adoption, implementation, and promotion process. Contact our office for more information.
For information about how to implement your new smoke-free policy and convert your smoking rooms to nonsmoking rooms, click here.
Lodging managers and owners have the legal right to enforce a smoke-free policy. Whether your establishment is already smoke free, or if you are considering adopting a smoke-free policy, the fact sheet "Enforcing a Smoke-Free Policy" outlines tips and information that you will find useful. The fact sheet includes information on the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, the right to charge damages against guests who smoke in nonsmoking rooms, and how to inform guests of a smoke-free policy.
If your business is already smoke free, please create an account and list your business on our Smoke-Free Lodging Directory. To create an account, you can visit the directory page.
If you have questions about listing your business, please contact MN Smoke-Free Lodging at