UPDATE | Perth Airport has issued the following clarification to the report in WA Today which claimed the airport was set to open the first of two smoking rooms at its domestic and international terminals.
"Perth Airport is not constructing ‘smoking rooms’ as implied in the WA Today article" a spokesperson for the airport stressed.
Instead, it is building a "well-ventilated outside smokers’ shelter in the vicinity of Domestic Terminal 3, but well away from the main doors of the terminal", and not a fully-enclosed facility inside the airport.
The shelter is designed "to address the issue of smoking on the forecourt of the terminals so that passengers, visitors and airport workers did not have to walk through a curtain of smoke to enter the terminals."
“This is a pragmatic approach to eliminate the impact of passive smoking on all workers and visitors to the airport" said Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches.
"The facility we are building is not a room, but a well-ventilated area away from the front of the terminal to improve the airport experience.”
Perth Airport previously operated a smoking room at Terminal 1, but this was closed in mid-2006 when Western Australia introduced a state-wide ban on indoor smoking.
What's your take on this? Should smoking remain limited to dedicated areas outside the terminal, or should Australian airports have indoor smoker's rooms, similar to those found in many Asian and some European airports?