Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Lambert Field to Eliminate Smoking Lounges

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 9:19 AM

click to enlarge larson_dinosaurs.jpg
I never used the smoking lounges at Lambert Field, but I'm going to miss them.

There was something deliciously anthropomorphic about corralling smokers inside glass cages as if they were some kind of sad, endangered animal. Personally, I always thought of a certain Far Side cartoon whenever I'd walk through the terminal and see them puffing away in silence.

But, alas, they'll be no more ogling the smokers at Lambert Field. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced today that the lounges will be phased out as part of the smoking bans going into effect January 1 in St. Louis and St. Louis County.

"The image we want to project is a city that is progressive and health conscious," Slay tells the Post-Dispatch. (Gee, now if only the mayor would take a similarly "progressive" stance on the city's runaway shootings and murders -- arguably a much larger health concern than second-hand smoke at the airport.)

Sure, the smoking lounges at Lambert have always been controversial, partly because they were installed without doors.

Airport officials said air vents kept smoke from leaving the entrances of the lounges -- a point refuted by the group Missourian's Against Smoking Pollutions (MO-GASP). They conducted a clandestine air test that found -- gasp! -- that nicotine and smoke was escaping into the rest of the terminal.

Twenty-two of the nation's 29 largest airports now prohibit smoking. That's up from 2002 when fewer than half of biggest airports banned indoor smoking. Yep, love 'em or loathe 'em, smoking lounges in airports are going the way of the dodo. RIP.

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation