Why used to smoke in airplanes? History and interesting facts

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Now it will seem quite strange to many that smoking in aircraft has ever existed. Smoking is harmful to humans, even passive smoking. So, this is the main cause of preventive mortality, for example, in the United States, which annually causes more than 480 thousand deaths. Only by the beginning of the 21st century, smoking was completely eradicated and banned on aircraft. However, in the XX century – this was part of everyday life, fashion and beauty. 

Although on some flights there were zones for smoking and section for non -smokers, work in the flight crew was still quite dusty, or rather, smoky. “Suitcases, uniform, hair – everything swayed with cigarette smoke,” said Traishi Sir, a stewardess from US Airways. People who worked in airplanes began to suffer from all problems associated with passive smoking, which, as we now know, negatively affects health.

Social norm 

Smoking in aircraft was approved, in general, since smoking was the social norm. In luxurious salons of the aircraft of the past, smoking was no more unusual than a drink or food. In addition, more people recognized themselves as smokers, so practice has become commonplace and quickly “achieved heaven”. In 1973 alone, the US government intervened in order to adjust smoking on a aircraft, establishing forbidden sections.

Stewardesses began to take measures. Sarah Nelson (President of the Association of Betadners) recalled -“We had participants who suffered from shortness of breath and all problems caused by passive smoking, up to deadly diseases, such as lung cancer”. Robert Koval, President of Legacy, suggests that their perseverance helped create places free from tobacco smoke for all.

The first ban on smoking tobacco in aircraft was introduced in 1977, when the US Civil Aviation Council forbade smoking cigars and tubes. Although it was a significant victory, smoking in aircraft will be completely banned in the United States only after 23 years. The following steps were taken in stages: in 1984, the Civil Aviation Council banned smoking in all aircraft with 30 or less places. Outside the United States, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Scandinavian Airlines, began to enter internal flights, laying the beginning of a global trend in flight in flight.

However, the pilots were still allowed to smoke, since the regulatory authorities were afraid of some consequences of the pilot’s rejection during the flight. In 1995, the United States, Canada and Australia signed an agreement on the ban on smoking on flights between three countries. In 1997, the European Union introduced a ban on all flights in member states, which affected flights inside and between 14 countries. The last nail in the lid of the tomb of smoking on flights in the United States, of which or inside the United States was scored in 2000, when President Clinton signed the Law of Wendell X. Ford on investments and reforms in the field of aviation for the 21st century.

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