Smoker Friendly

In an age where smoking has become demonized at seemingly every turn, some good news:

Officials with Miami International Airport announced this month that new smoking lounges will soon be added to the terminals there. One glassed-in lounge is already open in a restaurant. Managers say it was the right thing to do.

“Travelers kept coming up to us asking if there was a place to smoke inside the terminal,” said Mark Huaroto, general manager at the airport TGI Fridays.

“We hated being the bearers of bad news, telling them they had to go outside the security gate and outdoors to the other side of the street just to smoke.”

This is a long-overdue arrangement, and one that should be — and is being — applauded.

“Excited would be an understatement. I’ve seen hugs and high fives from unexpecting travelers who are completely surprised to find a place they can smoke.”

The decision marks a new friend in the counter movement to the War on Tobacco. Only three other U.S. airports — Atlanta, Denver, and Las Vegas — currently provide in-terminal smoking facilities.


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