Last smoking lounge at Denver airport closed for good

Denver International Airport officially became a smoke-free airport when the last smoking lounge in the building closed for good Wednesday night.

DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery said closing all smoking lounges had been a long-time goal for the airport. Lounges were closed when lease agreements ended. Smokin’ Bear Lodge Smoking Lounge, on the C Concourse, was the last to close.

The Colorado Tobacco Free Alliance said DIA joins 619 other smoke-free airports in the U.S.

Montgomery said in addition to the lounge, Timberline Steaks & Grille and the Einstein Bros. Bagels shop next to it soon will close to make way for a new restaurant concept.

“I would like to thank our guests for their patronage throughout the years,” said Rod Tafoya, president of Mission Yogurt, operates the smoking lounge as well as several other properties within the airport. “We are very much looking forward to continuing to serve passengers flying through Denver at our existing and future concepts within the airport.”

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