The thought that we once allowed rooms to be continually subjected to plumes of nasty cigarette smoke absorbing into surfaces in a confined space and regularly subjecting hapless guests to foul air is difficult to comprehend.
Although we have various techniques to freshen-up rooms after smokers depart, in spite of the claimed benefits of sprays, ozone generators etc, in reality it takes many days for the stench of cigarette smoke to subside.
Back-in-the-day, complaints about smoky guest rooms were reasonably common, however there was also a reluctant acceptance by many other guests that a hint of cigarette smoke went with the territory.
In more enlightened times, the mere whiff of cigarette smoke in a guest room is offensive to most travellers - and rightly so.
I see that motels in New Zealand are being contacted by Smokers-United.com - a website that provides an online platform for the "discerning" traveller that wish to select accommodation businesses based on their smoking policy.
The emphasis of the site is to highlight smoker-friendly travelling and lodging:
"Smokers United is not a political action group.
The main purpose of this project is to provide smokers with information about hotels with a smoker friendly policy.
By using this website for your bookings you give a clear signal that smokers are a significant target-group.
We do not approve smoking; smoking is not the best thing for your health.
We simple accept the fact that 23% of all people do smoke, and we hate discrimination.The directory information presented on the Smokers United website, appears to be sourced from listings on Booking.com and identifies accommodation businesses that: provide "smoking rooms", smoking lounges, allow smoking on balcony/patios and those that are 100 percent non-smoking.
Our team consists of 4 people (without a job and over 50 years of age) who try to make a living by contacting hotels, and providing you with smoker-friendly information."
A quick scan of the directory information presented would indicate that the smoking policy assumptions used on the website may not be 100 percent accurate, however I guess that's why they are contacting accommodation businesses directly and inviting them to to update information.
Using data from their listings, Smokers-United.com provide an interesting country comparison.
Today's snapshot has New Zealand featuring mid-pack: