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Smoke Free Camping

I’ve seen quite a few posts on RV and camping forums asking about smoke free camping. Most of these people get laughed off the forum as the participants respond with “NO WAY” and “NOT A CHANCE”. Not true.

If you are looking for smoke free travel, lodging and smoke free camping, there are plenty of places. In my research, I found a lot of campgrounds and resorts in Europe are now totally smoke free or feature only a limited area for smoking. There is also a growing trend in the United States for smoke free or controlled smoking areas in campgrounds and resorts.

Not only that, more and more international lodging and camping facilities are also going smoke-free, including Westin Hotels.

The new year will ring in the USA’s first smoke-free major hotel chain. Westin Hotels and Resorts will announce today that it is snuffing out smoking in all rooms, restaurants, bars and public areas at its 77 U.S., Canadian and Caribbean properties starting in January. Guests may smoke only on balconies or in other outdoor areas.

The policy reflects “a demand from guests for a smoke-free hotel experience,” says Sue Brush, Westin senior vice president. “Nobody likes to walk into a smoky guest room — not even smokers.” Westin research shows that 92% of its guests request a non-smoking room.

An example of the growing trend in smoke free camping includes campgrounds in Utah. On the Tooele County Health Department, Utah, website, they have a list of Smoke Free Parks in the area.

Twenty seven of the 50 states in the U. S. have communities with outdoor tobacco smoke free ordinances at parks, zoos, youth sports, trails, and also beaches. Did you know that cigarette buttts are the most littered item in the world? Against popular belief, butts DO NOT decompose. It takes decades for one butt to decompose. They are no longer made by cotton, as in the past. In fact, butts are made from cellulose acetate, which is a plastic. They are highly toxic and dangerous to children and animals when they eat them.

Tooele County Health District (TCHD) is one of the ten health districts in Utah who are working to make parks in our county smoke free. TCHD’s survey results indicate many Tooele Residents would support smoke free parks.

The World Health Organization offers a world map of anti-smoking legislation around the world, giving you more information on which areas are worth traveling to that will mostly likely have no smoking facilities, lodging, restaurants, and shops.

If you are looking for smoke free camping and lodging, here is a list that will help you get started. If you know of any smoke free campgrounds or lodging, please leave the information in the comments below so I can expand this list.

Let me clarify, a smoke free campground or lodging must provide a protected and enforced no smoking area in and around the camping or lodging areas. Many campgrounds and resorts offer cabins with no smoking permitted inside, but encourages smokers to smoke outside. If this applies, please make a note of it as non-smokers can be impacted by their neighbors hanging around outside their cabins smoking. If the campground is totally smoke free, or if they offer a no smoking section, please let me know. Thanks.

3 Comments

  • infosmke
    Posted June 26, 2006 at 20:26 | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful website!
    The photo at top makes me want to go camping straight away, in fact this weekend i will !!
    Thank you for brightening my day!

  • Carl Kangas
    Posted September 8, 2006 at 13:36 | Permalink

    Thank you for adressing a major but solvable health
    problem. Smoking outdoors is not much safer than
    inside and it really spoils the enjoyment of otherwise
    clean fresh air.
    The litter of filters is a huge worldwide problem

    Once progress is made on smoking bans in campgrounds I would also like to see the health hazards
    of campfires addresed.

    I am one of many people in this country with a respiratory disease (bronchiectasis) and can not breath
    smoke of any kind. Therefore it is very difficult to camp
    because most campgrounds have fire rings and allow
    campfires.

    See article at http://www.burningissues.org on chemicals
    found in both wood smoke and tobacco smoke.
    You will be surprised by the similarities.

    keep up the good work.
    Carl

  • Monica
    Posted April 23, 2008 at 14:15 | Permalink

    I totally agree with Carl Kangas the issue of camp fires needs to be dealt with. Most camp grounds are just as smoky as the time I was camping and trapped for awhile with a major forest fire raging very nearby. The amount and high particulate matter soot and smoke and tioxic gases and health damage is exactly the same for both.

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