The smoke patrol

The smoke patrol

There are 94 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 19, 2008, titled The smoke patrol. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Ever since she was a little girl in the Robert Taylor Homes, Linda Davis has hated cigarette smoke -- hated it.

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Joe Camel

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Feb 19, 2008
The hotel smoking bans need not be any more than an inconvienience. Keep the bathroom door closed and fan running, then spray air freshener before you leave. The air freshener is undetectable in the bathroom; it smells like soap for a few minutes.

Better yet. boycott the bastards.
Yea Right

Wilmette, IL

#2 Feb 19, 2008
For the health of there employees. Not! At least admit it's a financial motive. The cost to replace carpet and bedding with cigarette burns is the true motive. Are they now saying that just the smell of cigarette smoke is hazardous to your health. More corporate B.S. They also better have scientific documentation to prove someone smoked in the room. They will need it in court!
What me Worry

Canton, IL

#4 Feb 19, 2008
I can see it now. The maid needs an extra 10 bucks. She walks into the room, lights up, and then puts the smoke out in a glass. Then she calls the smoke patrol and the manager and says the guest in the room was smoking and displays the planted evidence. She gets her $10 and the hotel tries to fine the "set up guest." Yep that's the hotel I want to stay in.

Since: Nov 07

Chicago, IL

#5 Feb 19, 2008
Way to go! Swisshotel!
Air freshener cannot hide the smell of stale cigar smoke. It maybe hides the cigarette smell momentarily but not completely. It gets into the fabric and doesn't wash out completely. People that are allergic to the smoke shouldn't have to worry about their allergies being triggered by a thoughtless person who used the room before them.
A Nonsmoker

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Feb 19, 2008
I think this is great. Nothing disgusts me more than walking into a supposedly fresh hotel room (or picking up a rental car, either, for that matter) and detecting cigarette smoke. Kudos to the Swisshotel for being out in front on this one.
Marlboro Man

Tulsa, OK

#7 Feb 19, 2008
Thanks for the heads up. Now I know to tip housekeeping $20!

San Francisco, CA

#8 Feb 19, 2008
This article was very informative. Now I know of 2 hotels NOT to stay at when I make my periodic trips to Chicago.

Chicago, IL

#9 Feb 19, 2008
In the absence of physical evidence, it would seem a very difficult thing to prove. I'm surprised no guest has fought the fine. I'm a nonsmoker who appreciates a clean-smelling room, but I'd be leery of staying in a hotel that pays the staff bonuses to rat out guests; what's to stop a housekeeping person - should he/she be a little short on cash - to simply tell management "I smelled smoke in her room"?(and I've never even touched a cigarette let alone smoked one). Also, why were the guests let off the hook who simply let friends smoke?? They could be lying about that, and even if they're not: if the room is non-smoking shouldn't that mean NO ONE can smoke there??
Simon Says

Coal City, IL

#10 Feb 19, 2008
I don't know how they are going to be able to prove this. I don't see how this would ever stand up in court. Next they'll be charging extra for fat people who wear out beds and chairs faster.

Springfield, IL

#11 Feb 19, 2008
"...billows of tobacco exhaust". I just love these descriptions. Makes one envision the old steel mills of Gary Indiana.

United States

#12 Feb 19, 2008
What's next, getting fined for farting in the room? Geesh..

Chicago, IL

#13 Feb 19, 2008
Bob wrote:
This article was very informative. Now I know of 2 hotels NOT to stay at when I make my periodic trips to Chicago.
This article was very informative. Now I know of 2 hotels to DEFINITELY stay at when I make my periodic trips to Chicago, since the smokers won't be there :-).

Downers Grove, IL

#14 Feb 19, 2008
So when a guest smokes outside on the balcony, or outside in general, uses a popcan to put the ashes out in, and sets his/her "evidence" on the dresser, because yes they are a smoker, and yes they are allowed to have cigarettes in the room, just not smoke, the maid busts them for being able to smell the "left overs", because yes a smoker has the smell on their clothes, the pop can, etc. This happened to my Uncle in another state at a hotel, who abided by the no smoking in the room and went out on the balcony and closed the door. I'm a non smoker and can't stand the smell either, but I do realize if you walk in a room that a smoker has clothes in you will smell that scent. And just because there is a cigarette pack out doesn't mean they were smoked in the room. If you have your snow ski's in your room with you does that mean you were wearing them in there? Hotels need to use better judgement than seeing a pack of cigarettes and an "odor" when you walk in while the guest is still in the room. Wait til the guest leaves and the room is cleaned, do you still smell "smoke", was there a in use ashtray? Have some clear cut signs.

United States

#15 Feb 19, 2008
Those customers are just too da*n lazy to go outside and light up. They have to smoke in the room. You can def tell a room where someone has smoked. Usually if you confront the perpetrator in person you can tell they are a smoker.
But no- the smokers think this hotel must have a big conspiracy. LOL
Why? They are not even making money. The fine is $250 and it costs $400 to clean it. And if the guests were really not guilty and the hotel still insisted on charging the fine- they could get their credit card to help on their behalf (not pay the extra charge)
Farm Boy

Mount Ulla, NC

#17 Feb 19, 2008
Big Brother(sister) moves to Chitown! This foolishness ranks right up there with the pate' ban! Ya'll got some different ideas there. It is sure nice to visit you folks in the summer tho. Ya'll have a great day now.

San Jose, CA

#19 Feb 19, 2008
Ok, this is going a bit too far. The anti smoking gestapo is getting out of control. Smokers please ban the Swisshotel.

United States

#20 Feb 19, 2008
What a buch of smoke nazis. All this smoking ban c.rap is discrimination. They should lift the ban on smoking or make it illegal all together. They wont make it illegal tho, these politicians want the tax money.

All smokers should by there smokes online and not give these nazi politicians a damn dime of tax money. You can get cartons for 10 bucks online.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#21 Feb 19, 2008
Now they have to change the sheets and the nasty never-removed comforters that cover each bed. Also, the glasses now "have" to be removed from the room instead of just sprayed with Windex and wiped with the toilet-cleaning washcloth. If we could only fine the hotels for their dirty habits.

If you don't believe me, take a gander at the 60 Minutes expose. I'm a plastic cup drinking at hotel, kicking the comforter to the ground kind of guy now.

Since: Apr 07

Woodridge, IL

#23 Feb 19, 2008
Bob wrote:
This article was very informative. Now I know of 2 hotels NOT to stay at when I make my periodic trips to Chicago.
The Swisshotel is a finer place than you're used to. I suggest the Four Points by Sheraton a few blocks away. You'll get to mingle with the downstaters--you'll know who they are. They're the ones who check in with their own pillows to whichever 2 star hotel they stay in.

Chicago, IL

#24 Feb 19, 2008
Glad they're doing this, too. When you are a non smoker expecting a nonsmoking room, nothing's worse than having to smell the remnants of someone who was too lazy to follow the rules and walk their happy arse outside.
It's not about discrimination, it's about y'all not shoving your habits down everyone's throat. It's not cool, especially when it involves cancer. If you want cancer, fine. But keep it to yourself.

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