Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Activists Urge U.S. to Impose Limits on Smoking at Lambert

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Activists Urge U.S. to Impose Limits on Smoking at Lambert

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Anti-smoking activists are pushing the federal government to ban or limit smoking in airports - so far with no success.

Federal transportation authorities say that it is up to state or local government to regulate smoking in airports.

The Department of Transportation is considering a request by two Virginia physicians, Dr. Judith Plotkin and Dr. Dwain Eckberg, to require an entirely smoke-free environment from airport entrance to airplane boarding. "You can't get to the plane without breathing smoke," Eckberg told a Virginia newspaper recently. "I came in (from a trip) and had asthma because I went through the airport." Missouri's chapter of GASP, an anti-smoking group, has its own petition before the government. In July 1994, GASP filed a complaint under the American Disabilities Act saying that tobacco smoke at Lambert Field was preventing Vivian Dietemann, an asthmatic who lives in St. Louis, from using the airport. Later that year, when Dietemann went to Lambert en route to an anti-sm oking conference, tobacco smoke prevented her from going inside, she said. …

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