Lambert International Airport is a political hybrid. It is located in St. Louis county, but owned by the City of St. Louis. Right now, smoking is allowed at Lambert International Airport. That should change in 2011.
The passenger smoking lounges at Lambert are currently exempted under St. Louis City’s indoor smoking ban in City-owned buildings and would be exempted under St. Louis County’s new indoor smoke-free law approved by voters earlier this year and scheduled to go into effect in 2011. That makes the decision the City’s, as owner of the facility.
Airport director Dick Hrabko, who is retiring, has made some strong arguments in the past about the logistics and security of moving smokers outside the terminal. However, I will work with the incoming airport director to see how Mr. Hrabko’s issues can be addressed.
My plan is for Lambert to be smoke-free in January 2011.