Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America,
with 609,000 residents,
as of the 2010 Census. Population of the Seattle metropolitan area is about
3.4 million. The city is
a major coastal seaport situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound,
an arm of the Pacific Ocean,
and Lake Washington, about 183 kms south of the Canada-US border.
In 2010, Seattle was the sixth busiest port in the United States, serving
as a major gateway for trade
with Asia. After the Great Depression, a growth returned during and after
World War 2, due partially
to the local Boeing company, which established Seattle as a center for
aircraft manufacturing. The city
developed as a technology center in the 1980s. The stream of new software,
internet companies led to an economic revival, which increased the city's
population by 50,000 between
1990 and 2000.
Japan Airline aircraft and meals served on a plane.
(L) Approaching to the Vancouver International Airport (R) Apron of the
(L) Vancouver International Airport is a smokefree facility. (R) A sign
to transfer to USA: A few air passengers were there to travel to USA.
(L) 'Welcome Vancouver' sign and airport corridor
(R) Canadair Regional Jet 200
(L) Interior of the aircraft (M) A scene a staff is loading a luggage (R)
A gate door of the Canadair Regional Jet 200
(L) Canad Air Regional Jet 200 is just departing Vancouver International
(M) Air view of George Massey Highway and Tunnel, that goes through under
the Fraser River.
(R) Airplane is now approaching Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
(L) Air Canada Regional Jet began to descent for Seattle.
(M) An aircraft is taxing on the apron of Seattle-Tacoma International
(R) No smoking inside the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
(L) A guidance about a ground transportation: A Link light-rail is a convenient
and economical tool to and in the city center.
(M) A station sign of SeaTac/Airport
(R) A Link light-railway track near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
(L) A Link light-railway is connecting the Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport and the downtown Seattle.
(M) Railway has eleven stations between Westlake Station and Aiprport Station.
(R) A residential area is frequently seen along the Sound Transit railway
(L) The Link railway track runs underground in the area of the city center.
This is a railway track between Mount Baker and Beacon Hill stations.
(M) A rail-yard of the Link railway between Beacon Hill and SODO stations
(R) A ticket of Sound Transit
(L) A route map of the Link railway
(M) Numerous transportation services are available in downtown Seattle.
(R) Interior of the Link train
(L) A ticket and of the Link railway, Seattle (R) A rail-yard and the headquarters
of Tully's Coffee
(L) Link train at SeaTac station waiting for departure (R) Link train at
underground Pioneer Square Station
A vast, clean underground space is observed at Pioneer Square Station,
(L) Both bus and train use this magnificent underground station of Seattle.
It is illegal to cross the rail track. (R) Westlake station tunnel
Westlake Station, Seattle
The main entrance to Pioneer Square Station and an up-and-down escalator
(L) Five trolleybus systems are operating in Seattle. (R) Metro bus ticket
in Seattle ( $2.25 during the off-peak, $0.75 for senior )
Sounder trains travel between Tacoma and Seattle and between Everett and
Seattle, and run weekday mornings and afternoons only.
Photographed at King Street Station, Seattle
(L) An Amtrak Cascades train at King Stree Station. It runs 251 kms from
Vancouver to Seattle,
continuing 500 kms south via Portland, to Eugene, Oregon
(R) Smith-Tower was constructed in 1913, and is in restoration of the station
buildings in 2012.
Smoking ban in hotels in Seattle, Washington
Seattle Sharaton Hotel
In December 2005, Washington became the 5th state to implement a comprehensive
law prohibiting smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces including
taverns, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and non-tribal casinos. Hotel rooms
are exempted from
the ban. However, a great change has occurred to the private hotel industry.
major hotels removed a smoking room from their facilities.
Double-tree by Hilton, Seattle: Entrance, dinning room and bar: All are
(L) Hilton Seattle (M) The W-Hotel Seattle (R) Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
(L) Fairmont Olympic Seattle (R) The W-Hotel Seattle
(L) Renaissance Hotel, Seattle (R) Smoking is prohibited within the area
of 7.6 meters from building entrance.
Smoking Ban in Seattle's Hotels
Double-tree Hotel by Hilton, Seattle: 120 rooms/all non-smoking
Renaissance Hotel, Seattle: 554 rooms/all non-smoking
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle: 450 rooms/smoking five rooms ( 1.11% )*
Grand Hyatt Seatle: 425 rooms/smoking 24 rooms ( 5.65% )*
W-Hotel Seattle: 424 rooms/all nonsmoking
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle 147rooms/all non-smoking
Hilton Seattle 238 rooms/all non-smoking
Sheraton Seattle Hotel 1258 rooms/ all non-smoking
* Legend: The number of total guest rooms / smoking rooms of a hotel
( The percentage of smoking rooms to total rooms )
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
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A partial smoking bans in hotels do not protect guests from
dangers of tobacco.
Hotels, that have the smoking and non-smoking rooms, do not adequately
protect people from the dangers of tobacco. That is the conclusion of a
San Diego State University study published in the Journal Tobacco Control.
Researchers took air quality readings and tested surfaces for evidence
tobacco-smoke in a random sample of San Diego hotel rooms. Ten hotels
had complete smoking bans while 30 others had some dedicated non-smoking
rooms. Compared with hotels that prohibit smoking, hotels with only partial
bans had higher surface and air nicotine levels.
That was true even in the non-smoking rooms in hotels with a partial ban.
Only five U.S. states , Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Vermond and Wisconsin,
require all motel and hotel rooms to be smoke free. Four cities in California,
including Santa Monica, have such a law. Researchers say guests who want
to avoid tobacco exposure should stay only in smoke-free hotels.
Source: KPBS, San Diego, May 15, 2013
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The article was written in July 2012. All photographs were taken in June
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
An information was added in July 2016.