Last week in @CDCMMWR: #Smoking policies in airports

Monday, November 27, 2017

Last week's edition of MMWR featured an article on the smoking policies in the world's 50 busiest airports. Not surprisingly (to those of us who have traveled in Asia, at least), very few of the airports on the list in Asia have smoke-free policies. However, I was surprised to discover that three large US airports (Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Denver) still have indoor smoking rooms. The other North American airport on the list with indoor smoking still allowed is Mexico City.
There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces fully protects nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke. An overwhelming majority of large-hub airports in the United States prohibit smoking indoors.
Among the 50 busiest airports worldwide, 23 airports (46%), including five of the 10 busiest airports, prohibit smoking in all indoor areas. While smoke-free airports among the 50 busiest are common in North America (14 of 18), few airports in Asia (4 of 22) have implemented smoke-free polices.
This issue also features an article on the status of polio eradication in Pakistan.

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