Carolina Inn Goes 100% Smoke-Free for Health and Comfort
CHAPEL HILL - Barely a week after the Surgeon General issued his most conclusive report on the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, The Carolina Inn has become a completely smoke-free hotel.
Smoking is no longer allowed in any of the Inn's 184 guest rooms and suites or in meeting rooms, ballrooms, the lobby or the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant & Bar. The Inn is one of the first major hotels in the Triangle area to go 100 percent smoke free.
"We have taken this step in the interest of the health of our guests, our staff and everyone who visits the Inn," said General Manager Creston Woods. "We also believe that, for most people who come to the Inn, this no-smoking policy will enhance their comfort and enjoyment."
In a June 27 report based on the latest scientific findings, U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona concluded that exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in adults by up to 30 percent. Secondhand smoke also is a known cause of respiratory problems, ear infections and asthma attacks in children.
"The scientific evidence is now indisputable: Secondhand smoke it not a mere annoyance," Surgeon General Carmona said. "It is a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death."
"The good news is that secondhand smoke exposure is easily prevented. Smoke-free indoor environments are proven, simple approaches that prevent exposure and harm."