Most Adults Don't Smoke

Guests Prefer Smoke-Free Environments

Managers Report Positive Experiences

References

 

The Vast Majority of Adults Don’t Smoke

79% of U.S. adults and 83% of Minnesota adults are nonsmokers.1,2  Low smoking rates and increasing awareness of the harmful impact of secondhand smoke make smoke-free spaces the norm.  Most places where people work and recreate are now smoke-free and nearly 75% of households do not allow smoking anywhere in the home.3 People expect smoke-free spaces and readily notice the telltale odor of secondhand smoke. Because of the way that air transfers inside, the only way to achieve a truly smoke-free environment is through a policy that covers all indoor areas.

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Guests Prefer Smoke-Free Lodging Establishments

89% of hotel guests prefer a 100% smoke-free hotel environment.4  Despite this demand, it is estimated that only 16% of Minnesota lodging establishments are smoke-free.5,6

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Minnesota Managers Report Positive Experiences

“Everybody loves it” said one Minnesota hotel manager in reference to her hotel’s smoke-free policy.7
When asked if the smoke-free policy put her hotel at a competitive advantage, one manager stated: “Yes, the hotel industry is small—I talk to people who manage smoking hotels.  They say that their status hurts their business.  Someone I talked to told me that the only rooms vacant on the weekend are the smoking rooms.  Here, we have smokers stay with us.  A lot of smokers still want a smoke-free room.  But, nonsmokers don’t want to smell smoke.”  Managers also report that smoke-free policies result in reduced cleaning and maintenance costs.7

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References

  1. “Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation—United States, 2008.” MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 30 Nov. 2009.  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5844a2.htm
  2. Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey, 2007. http://www.mntobacco.nonprofitoffice.com
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Secondhand Smoke Rules and Policies in Homes and Workplaces--United States, 2005.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2006: 55(42):1148-1151. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5542a2.htm
  4. PRNewswire, “J.D. Power and Associates reports: hotel guests are considerably less satisfied in 2008, primarily due to issues with amenities and guest room features,” CNNMoney.com, July 29, 2008
  5. American Hotel & Lodging Association, Information Center website. http://www.ahla.com/default.aspx
  6. USA Today. “More Hotels Go Completely Smoke-Free.” 18 Nov. 2008.
    http://www.usatoday.com/travel/hotels/2008-11-17-smoke-free-hotels-no-smoking_N.htm#chart
  7. Key informant interviews conducted by the Smoke-Free Lodging program, 2010.

     

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