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Hotels, cars, airlines for the nonsmoker.

Hotels, cars airlines for the nonsmoker Nonsmokers have reasons to cheer these days. Cities and counties all over the West are enacting ordinances to restrict smoking in public places. And now, whether you have allergies or simply don't want to step out of a rental car, plane, or hotel room smelling like smoke, there are increasing alternatives when you travel.

Here's an update on three airlines, two car rental firms, some trains, and a dozen hotel and motel chains we know of that make special allowances for nonsmokers. The list is growing all the time.

Airlines. All airlines must provide a nonsmoking section on every flight; three Hawaiian airlines take it a step further, running 100 percent nonsmoking flights between islands: Aloha Airline, (800) 367-5250; Hawaiian Air, (800) 367-5320; and Midpacific Air, (800) 367-7010.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the Washington-based legal action arm of the nonsmoking community, publishes a wallet-size card listing Department of Transportation airline smoking rules and passenger rights in the event there's a problem. The card is free from ASH, 2013 H St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006.

Rental cars. Thrifty Rent-A-Car reserves a percentage of cars for nonsmokers at major locations around the country. (There's a $50 surcharge for smoking in these cars.) Call (800) 367-2277 for availability at your destination.

Elite Rent-A-Car reserves cars for non-smokers at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport; call (800) 528-2809.

Trains. No smoking is the rule on the 46 daily CalTrain commuter trains between San FRancisco and San Jose.

Amtrak alternates smoking and non-smoking cars on trains on the San Diego--Los Angeles and Seattle-Portland runs. Look for the illuminated "no smoking" sign, or ask the conductor to direct you to a nonsmoking car. Smoking is prohibited in dining and lounge cars; pipes and cigars are permitted only in private sleeping rooms. Call (800) 872-7245.

Hotels and motels. Each of these chains keeps a number of rooms smoke-free by renting them only to nonsmokers--there's not a single ashtray in sight. When you call to reserve, be sure to specify nonsmoking. For a directory listing the locations for any chain, stop by any of its hotels or motels, or write to the address given below. Some directories include detailed information on smoke-free rooms.

Best Western has nonsmoking rooms in some locations; call (800) 528-1234 for details. For a directory, send $2 to Travel Guide Department, Best Western International, Box 10203, Phoenix 85064.

Some Hilton locations set aside rooms; call (800) 445-8667 or write to Public Relations, Hilton Corporation, 9336 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210.

All 1,480 Holiday Inns have nonsmoking rooms; call (800) 465-4329 or write to Sybil Moss, Directory Department, 3796 Lamar Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 38195.

Some Howard Johnson locations set aside such rooms; call (800) 654-2000 or write to Howard Johnson, 35 Rockdale Rd., Braintree, Mass. 02184.

Hyatt reserves 5 percent of its rooms--or as much as an entire floor--for nonsmokers in 79 locations in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean; call (800) 228-9000 for a directory.

Most Marriott locations have rooms for nonsmokers only; call (800) 228-9290 for details and a directory.

Quality International reserves 10 percent of rooms in all Quality Inn, Quality Royale, and Comfort Inn locations. Call (800) 228-5864 for rservations ($2 will be donated to the American Lung Association). For a directory and a copy of "survival tips" for travelers who have recently quit smoking, write to Quality International, 10750 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Md. 20901.

Ramada has nonsmokers' rooms in most locations around the country. Call (800) 272-6232 for a detailed directory, or write to Ramada International, Inc., Box 590, Phoenix 85001.

You'll find nonsmokers' rooms in 148 Sheraton locations worldwide. Call (800) 325-3535 for a directory, or write to Sheraton Reservations, Suite 311, 8101 Cameron Rd., Austin, Texas 78753.

TraveLodge reserves such rooms in all its 450 locations. Call (800) 225-3050 for a directory, or write to traveLodge, 1973 Friendship Dr., El Cajon, Calif. 32090.

Forty Westin locations in the U.S. and Canada set aside some rooms for nonsmokers only; call (800) 228-3000 for a directory.

For a free list of 71 hotels in California with smoke-free rooms, write to the American Lung Association, 1469 Park Ave., San Jose 95126.
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