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France’s Air Inter Bans Smoking After Passenger Survey

April 25, 1990

PARIS (AP) _ Air Inter announced Wednesday it will ban smoking on all its domestic flights after a two-month experiment found that 88 percent of passengers favored smoke-free flights.

The French airline banned smoking on a temporary basis on March 1. The latest announcement said the restriction will be extended indefinitely, in accordance with the results of a survey conducted since then.

Air Inter reported that a poll of 5,500 passengers found that 88 percent thought smoke-free flights are a positive thing, with 96 percent of non- smokers and 72 percent of smokers favoring such a ban.

About 36 percent of Air Inter’s passengers smoke, the airline said. Air Inter serves mainly domestic French routes but also operates some flights to Rome, Lisbon and London.

A law banning smoking on virtually all domestic flights recently went into effect in the United States.

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