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Will Rogers World Airport to be smoke-free Sept. 1

The Oklahoma City Airport Trust voted unanimously last week to shut down the smoking room at the airport.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: July 4, 2013 at 9:30 am •  Published: July 3, 2013

Smith, who has run the shoeshine stand at Will Rogers for the past 26 years, said he is concerned about the effects of breathing in so much secondhand smoke.

“They should shut it down,” he said. “It really is a health hazard.”

Smokers in the lounge one recent weekday afternoon were divided on whether the room should be closed.

Atoka resident William Turner, who was on his way to Oregon for the Fourth of July holiday, said he understands that other travelers might be bothered by his secondhand smoke.

“I'll just go outside,” Turner said. “It's the choice that smokers make.”

Rachel Bonney, an Army private who stopped at Will Rogers for a last cigarette before starting on a trip home to Syracuse, N.Y., from Fort Sill, said she was upset that the lounge would close.

“For smokers who don't fly a lot, you need a cigarette to calm you down,” Bonney said.

What will Bonney do once smoking is banned at the airport?

“Drink,” she said.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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