Why Stay in a Smoke-Free Establishment?

Strategies to Eliminate Secondhand Smoke in Your Room

Companies with a 100% Smoke-Free Portfolio


According to JD Power and Associates survey conducted in July of 2008, 89% of hotel guest prefer a smoke-free hotel. However, only 16% of hotels in Minnesota are smoke-free. Smoke-Free Lodging can help guest find lodging that has a 100% smoke-free policy in Minnesota.

Even if you are in a nonsmoking room, secondhand smoke can still find its way into your room. Secondhand smoke can drift through:

  • Open windows and doorways
  • Shared air and heating vents
  • Electrical outlets
  • Cracks in plaster and sheet rock
  • Gaps around pipes and other structural openings

Sheets and towels from smoking rooms can end up in nonsmoking rooms. Secondhand smoke toxins and residue can stay on fabric even after they have been washed resulting in guests being unexpectedly exposed to cancer causing chemicals.

See the Smoke-Free Lodging fact sheet "Good for Business, Good for Health" for more information on secondhand smoke in hotel rooms.

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  • Consider contacting the following:
    • The hotel manager or owner
    • The hotel corporate office
    • Your travel agent to let them know you only want to stay in smoke-free establishments
    • Local hospitality publications such as Hospitality Minnesota www.hospitalitymn.com and request they identify smoke-free establishments in their publications
    • Your employer to request a change in company policy that all work related hotel stays be in a smoke-free establishment
  • Contact Smoke-Free Lodging
    • Smoke-Free Lodging can provide you with information, help you write letters, or suggest further steps to take.
    • Search our smoke-free lodging directory

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  • Marriott: Since its introduction in 2006, the policy has been implemented in more than 2,300 properties throughout the United States and Canada under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott ExecuStay brands.


  • Westin: All Westin, Starwood, Sheraton, and Four Points hotels in the United States and Canda have been smoke free since December 2008.