Tobacco company to help fund airport smoking rooms

The Cincinnati Enquirer

HEBRON — New smoking rooms at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will start opening over the next six months.

The rooms — a total of 10 — in each of the airport's terminals got final approval Monday from the Kenton County Airport Board.

The rooms feature forced-air “curtains” rather than doors, which airport officials say should keep the smoke in the designated areas and make the overall facility friendlier to non-smokers.

“It really seems to be a state-of-the-art solution for both of the constituencies we're dealing with here,” said airport board member John Domaschko.

Delta Air Lines and Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. are sharing in the project's $750,000 price tag. The rooms will have separate ventilation systems from the rest of the terminal buildings and will have fresh air constantly pumped in.

Sharon Boyse, the cigarette maker's director of scientific communications, presented a $100,000 check to the airport.

The airport's switch to smoking rooms received a commendation, read at Monday's meeting, from a Kentucky legislative committee dealing with tobacco issues.

Meanwhile, a discrimination complaint against the airport by Billy Williams of Lewisville, Texas, with the Federal Aviation Administration, is still pending. The complaint alleges that the airport's current smoking areas discriminate against non-smokers with re spiratory problems.

In other business, the airport board approved $164,970 for 30 homes near the airport to be sound insulated.

Monday's meeting also was the first for new or reappointed members of the airport's advisory board.

Sworn-in were: Walton lawyer Mark Guilfoyle, the appointee of Gov. Paul Patton; Kenton County appointees Nancy Donovan, the owner of Ames Travel Service, Paul Michels, president of Michels Paving Co., and developers Richard Crist and Paul Hemmer Jr.; Campbell County appointee John Williams Jr., president of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a Newport resident; and Boone County appointee Michael Conner, the Hebron Deposit Bank president.

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