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Oct. 16, 2006

Iowa House Hotel To Go Non-Smoking Nov. 15

Starting Nov. 15, the University of Iowa's Iowa House Hotel will eliminate smoking in its guest rooms, with smoking only allowed 25 feet away from the Iowa House Hotel entrance outside the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

Over the past several years, smoking was allowed in only two rooms at the Iowa House, but now the entire hotel will be non-smoking, according to hotel manager Patricia Kruse.

"The need for smoking rooms has decreased over the past 10 years," Kruse said. "The Iowa House once had a smoking floor and now we only receive occasional requests for smoking rooms."

Smoking is prohibited in all buildings and vehicles owned or leased by the UI, according to Susan Buckley, associate vice president for Finance and Operations and director of Human Resources at the UI. The only current exceptions to the prohibition are in University Apartments and on-stage at artistic performances.

"The Smoking Policy Review Committee strongly supports the decision of the Iowa House to be entirely smoke free," Buckley said. "The medical evidence as outlined in the 2006 Surgeon's General report regarding adverse effects of second hand smoke is compelling."

Starting Nov. 15, guests will be asked to read and initial the Iowa House non-smoking policy. Guests found smoking in rooms will be charged a $100 cleaning fee. Signs and decals will be posted inside and outside rooms to remind guest about the policy.

Like all UI buildings, the IMU is a non-smoking building, and it was a logical step to enforce the ban to the Iowa House, officials say.

"This is part of a trend in American hotels to go non-smoking, including three in the Iowa City Coralville area. It's almost an expectation that you can't smoke in a hotel," Kruse said.

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Patricia Kruse, 319-335-1279