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Suvarnabhumi urged to be a smoke-free airport

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Garden at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok

Garden at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Photo: Mattes.

BANGKOK, 3 October 2010 (NNT) – The Thai Health Promotion Institute (THPI) indicates that nicotine content inside the Suvarnabhumi International Airport is still high, asking the Airport of Thailand (AOT) to make Suvarnabhumi 100% smoke-free.

The Institute is currently asking the Public Health Ministry to set up rules to make the airport completely free from smoke. It suggests that nicotine content in the air around smoking room is too high. Although a separate smoking room is provided; the door is open very often.

The THPI cites that 23 out of 30 biggest airports in the United States are completely smoke-free. In Thailand, many small airports have done so as well, leaving only the biggest airport in the Kingdom. The reason, cited by the AOT, that some long haul passengers need to smoke and Suvarnabhumi is a big airport with many passengers on connecting flights, is untenable by the Institute as many bigger airports can also make themselves smoke-free.

National News Bureau of Thailand

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