More Smoking Bans in Nashville Hotels

According to today’s Tennessean:

Marriott smoking ban may be followed by other hotels

18 Nashville-area sites affected as chains sour on tobacco-friendly rooms

Marriott International’s move to make all of its 2,300 properties in the United States and Canada smoke-free by Oct. 15 probably will be followed by more hotel chains, those in the industry predict.

About 18 hotels in the Nashville area are affected by the move, because Marriott owns a variety of brands, including Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites.

It’s the largest chain in the nation to adopt a smoke-free policy, and it extends to all its rooms, restaurants and bars.

Westin Hotels and Resorts, which is planning a hotel in downtown Nashville, made a similar move for Westin-branded hotels earlier this year.

As a dedicated smoker and traveler on business, I have mixed emotions on this.

Just this week I was traveling in Alabama and requested a smoking room where I was staying. I’ll admit the smell was not exactly ideal, but the convenience of not having to get dressed and walk outside to smoke was worth a little stink in my opinion.

As much as I would like to, I can’t fault a business for not catering to smokers if it isn’t profitable. The social climate for smokers has changed greatly over the last 5 years and I can’t help but wonder how much more it is going to change over the next 5. My guess is smokers are going to get the shaft more and more.

Either way, they will have to pry my Pall Malls from my cold dead hands.

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