Starting January 2, 2020, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will smoke free thanks to Atlanta City Council who recently passed a ban of smoking in the city’s public places including the airport.
The airpot currently has several smoking lounges, which all will be going away starting next year as a result of the ban. It’s unclear exactly what these lounges will be converted to, however most likely we’ll see new retail or restaurants open in the existing spaces.
Designated smoking areas which will be ending Jan 2, 2020:
- T-Gates Near Gates 4 and 13
- Concourse A Gordon Biersch restaurant (mezzanine level of food court) and Tap near Gate A3.
- Concourse B Near gates 7 and 24
- Concourse C Near Gates 16 and 26
- Concourse D No smoking rooms
- Concourse E Near Gates 9, 17 and 29
- Concourse F Mezzanine level in the food court area
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to institute a broad-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants, bars, workplaces and many other public places in the city, as well as at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Council members voted 13-2 in favor of the ordinance, which if signed by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms would prohibit smoking and vaping in bars, restaurants, places of employment, hotel and motel rooms and other enclosed public areas starting Jan. 2, 2020. The prohibition would cover cigarettes, cigars and electronic cigarettes.
The ordinance would also prohibit smoking inside the Atlanta airport, which would prompt the closure of smoking rooms on the concourses.
The airport already has outdoor smoking areas outside the domestic terminal and international terminal — but passengers connecting between flights would need to exit security during their layover in order to smoke.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of the few airports left in the U.S. that still has smoking rooms, however as of early next year that will change.
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