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Bill seeks to outlaw smoking in Salt Lake City airport

Publication Date: 2016-01-18
  • Author:AP

A Utah senator plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would outlaw smoking lounges in the Salt Lake City airport.

Sen. Evan Vickers, a Republican from Cedar City who is also a pharmacist, said he often smells smoke in the airport. The lounges "seem not to work as well as they like," Vickers told The Salt Lake Tribune.

The Salt Lake City International Airport is equipped with five smoking lounges, which have been outfitted with ventilation systems designed to filter smoke outside the building.

Airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer says these spaces help reduce the number of people smoking at airport entrances and thus visitors' intake of secondhand smoke. She says they also contribute to shorter security lines since smokers don't have to go outside.

The airport is already planning to scrap three of the lounges as part of a major $1.8 billion renovation taking place over the next few years.

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation said the airport is one of only eight major airports in the country that still permits smoking indoors...