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September 16th, 2006
01:08 pm


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Marriott to go smoke free
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?


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Date:September 17th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
my guess is that some folks will no longer attend certain events - I can tell you that any convention trying to get Steven as a guest at a Marriott will be out of luck. I can understand all meeting rooms and such but I think making all guest rooms non smoking is going a bit to far
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Date:September 18th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
I'm ambivalent myself about not having any smoking guest rooms. On the one hand, people should have the right to smoke as long as they're not inflicting it on anyone else, and a guest room is a private space. But on the other hand, hotel employees do have to clean and service the guest rooms. Unlike being in a room where people are actively smoking, I don't think cleaning a room where people have smoked is something that OSHA should ban, but I do know several people who are severely enough allergic that they could not do that job, and I kind of like seeing a major company making their workplace available to people with that handicap (by voluntary choice rather than government mandate). A truly 100% smoke free hotel would be a real boon to those super-allergic people.
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