Marriott announces that all of its hotels in North America will be completely smoke free.
Speaking as someone who would really appreciate not having to pass through clouds of smoke when I have to pass the hotel bar -- who would appreciate actually being able to enter the bar without having to be sick -- I'd like to see this take hold. But I wonder how it will affect their convention business? How many people would actually skip a professional conference if they weren't allowed to smoke in the bar or in their room? How many convention planners will take their business elsewhere rather than risk people not attending? On the other hand, would this policy actually mean some people would be willing to attend conventions they'd currently skip?