Having been a road warrior for seven years, I, like you too, have had the unpleasant experience of requesting a nonsmoking room at a hotel, only to find out the nonsmoking room is in fact a smoking room. The icon on the door says no-smoking, but the room had strong traces of cigarette smoke. As we became more health conscious, nonsmoking rooms, which were the minority, now have become the majority. Practically all hotels being built today are nonsmoking facilities.
Histroically, hotels permitted smoking on premises, as you would approach the hotel foyer, you would be greeted by a miasma of cigarette and cigar fumes, not to mention the smelly cigarette butts receptacle. It gave the guest a less than desirable expectation of what was on the horizon. Now that the nonsmoking ordinances are laws in most states, percentages of nonsmoking hotels range from 30% up to 100% depending on the state. The truth is no one, not even smokers want to stay in a smoking room. Revenues were lost here. If you had 100 rooms and 10 rooms were smoking, the smoking rooms would not sell because of the saturated cigarette smoke and tar buildup. The rooms division had the added expense of deep cleaning the smoking rooms more often, (ie.) drapes, shampooing the carpets and painting which escalated the labor expense.
Here lies the dilemma for hotels: how can you continue your revenue stream without alienating one group against the other, namely smokers versus non-smokers? The smokers put up a valid defense that stated, coverting to a nonsmoking facility would cause revenues to decline. But this proved to be just a ploy to hedge against the nonsmoking ordinances. It actually enhanced the tourism marketiing efforts. If you will recall, several years ago, in all airport terminals, there was a glass enclosure that separated the smoking species from the passerby traffic You could readily see them saluting the nicotine deity with their smoke signals. if you were a nonsmoker, you could not help but to gawk and think to yourself, look at those fiends. Recently a solution has been found that accommodates the smokers and simultaneously keeps the nonsmokers from breathing second hand smoke.
Handi Hut Inc. has a prefab, free standing, outdoor smoking shelter. This structure is very inexpensive to construct and pays for itself by reducing the frequency of deep cleaning rooms and increasing occupancy rates. On your next visit to a hotel, you will probably see one of these structures as they are becoming very popular. If you are a smoker, enjoy your haven. if you are a nonsmoker, breathe deeply, give the smoker species a friendly wave but do not feed them!