St. Louis Public Radio News
11:16 am
Fri May 16, 2003

Anti-Smoking Legislation Will Exclude Lambert

St. Louis, MO – A proposal to ban smoking in all public buildings in St. Louis will not include Lambert Airport.

Supporters of legislation before the St. Louis Board of Aldermen excluded the airport because there are already smoking lounges there.

But aldermen only took Lambert out of the measure after airport administrators showed them how the lounges work.

Lambert will continue to provide designated areas throughout the airport for those who want to smoke.

Lambert was removed from the bill after airport administrators illustrated how the smoking lounges work. A video shows white smoke being blown into the lounges and the exhaust systems inside sucking it up.

Opponents of tobacco use say they will put airport smoking restrictions in a separate bill altogether.