Hotels want smoking ban exemptions


We’re talking about hotels, not the motel or the Holiday Inn…

Here’s a question – how many people are so dependent on cigarettes that they’ll sleep in their cars so they can smoke in the middle of the night without having to lift their head? Apparently that’s not a concern for hoteliers, but what does threaten them is the prospect that tourists will forgo the beautiful Sconz for a vacation in a state with less smoking restrictions:

Hotel managers pushing for an amendment say it could hurt business if smokers instead visit states that don’t restrict smoking.

How realistic is this threat? Here’s what I predict: Even if there are smokers who will base their travel plans based on hotel smoking policies, they are so few in number that we will never get concrete stats that vindicate the hoteliers’ concerns. You could do a survey of smokers of course, but again, I think the numbers will be miniscule.


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6 Responses to “Hotels want smoking ban exemptions”

  1. Anonyies Says:

    Why would it matter if hotels were allowed to have “smoking” rooms? Unlike the bar/restaurant situation, it wouldn’t bother those guests who don’t want to be around it. What do you think Sconz?

    • The Sconz Says:

      Frankly, I don’t have a good answer to that. Smoke certainly seeps out of rooms. I think people should be able to find a smoking room if they want to. Especially in cold Wisconsin.

  2. Bob Says:

    The lawmakers should have better earplugs instead of passing such a draconian ban just to get the lobbyists to leave. They’ll be back for the patios later anyway. Keep the earplugs. See page seven regarding the “inside out” provision of their guidebook.

  3. Andrew Wagner Says:

    I’m generally a pretty anti-smoking ban person. Frankly, I find the idea that hotels can’t have separate smoking and non-smoking rooms to be absolutely ridiculous. I suspect that many hotels would be more than willing to accommodate someone who didn’t want to be next to a smoking room…

  4. Ordinary Jill Says:

    What about the housekeepers who have to clean those smoking rooms? Many are low-income folks who receive government assistance for health care (Medicaid or Badgercare). Will the additional revenue gained from chain-smoking tourists outweigh the increased costs of treating second-hand-smoke-related health problems among low-income hotel housekeepers? We don’t know; there aren’t many good studies of the issue. I’m just pointing out that framing the debate as just a free-choice versus nanny-state issue is not entirely accurate.

  5. Alleen Smitthee Says:

    “What about the housekeepers…???”
    Seriously. I’m pretty sure the housekeepers aren’t changing the sheets while the guests are still smoking. O.Jill’s post sounds EXACTLY like nanny state paranoia.

    Hotels that allow smoking rooms can be required to keep smoking rooms on a segregated floor or wing so non-smoking rooms cannot be within x feet of the smoke. They can require adequate ventilation or windows that can be opened. Whatever.

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