that non-smoking rooms are not all that… smoke-free

Attention travelers: if you’re really concerned about not inhaling second-hand smoke, you’re best off going to a completely smoke-free hotel, according to a new study.

“Staying in a nonsmoking room in a hotel that allows smoking elsewhere does not prevent exposure to tobacco smoke, a new study reports. At their worst, levels of tobacco air pollutants were almost five times as high in nonsmoking rooms as they were in rooms of nonsmoking hotels, and pollution of surfaces was up to 25 times as high. In some cases, nonsmokers who stayed in nonsmoking rooms had signs of nicotine exposure in their urine that were more than twice as high as those of nonsmokers who stayed in nonsmoking hotels.”