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Westin Hotels Snuff the Smoke

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Westin Hotel’s smoking ban is in full flower after a year’s work and a $3 million investment in its (fittingly named) BREATHE campaign. Smokers will be billed an additional $200 room fee if they smoke anywhere in the hotels, but I wonder how the heck hotel managers will enforce that. Of course, outdoor smoking space will be provided. Here’s the latest TV ad.

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posted November 8, 2006 at 10:08 pm

I think they should just ban smoking completely, worldwide. If you don’t like it, too bad. if you do it, you are stupid.

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posted November 9, 2006 at 1:41 am

Marriott was first to take a 100% non smoking policy at all hotels. Glad to see Westin following suit.

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posted November 9, 2006 at 5:42 pm

Marriott had the first mover advantage but the other big hoteliers like Hyatt and Hilton are still watching the numbers and guest reactions before jumping in. I applaud Westin and Marriott; the smoking ban is congruent with their emphasis on health and well-being, and not just superior thread count. My pal, Andreas, an analyst in the hospitality sector, has forecast a growing trend in this “no-smoking, more spa-ing” direction over the next 18-months.

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posted November 11, 2006 at 6:43 pm

Sounds good to me, daria. We’ve come a long way from the days of cheap-seat restaurant “non-smoking sections” which typically were two or three token tables near the kitchen/restrooms! :)

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posted November 14, 2006 at 12:09 am

Pacific231: And what about the non-smoking section on airplanes? Could there have been anything more ridiculous? We have indeed come a long way, baby….

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Leigh Anne

posted November 14, 2006 at 5:22 pm

Ban smoking? Maybe….but maybe instead of trying to legislate addictions we ought to look at their cause. Maybe we should try healing like the Master Healer. The addiction stinks yes, is bad for the body yes, is bad for those around it yes…..but maybe the biggest “bad” is the affect the source of the addiction has on the individual and the family….a holistic approach might be more loving

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