One of the main air quality-related challenges that offshore locations face is smoking, especially since there almost always are smokers among both guests and staff. Not offering smokers convenient smoking zones can lead to unsafe indoor smoking. Shipping companies face harsh international bans on smoking on their vessels, and fire, health, and safety regulations forbid indoor smoking, while smoking on deck is banned as well. Smoking outdoors is banned on oil platforms. However, smoking rooms without proper air cleaning are unpleasant to stay in and release tobacco smoke to the outside, exposing non-smokers to secondhand smoke and creating an displeasing environment. Smoking rooms are a common way for companies to solve these issues.
When guests on cruise ships go to outdoor smoking areas to smoke, they tend to return to their cabins afterwards due to coldness. Revenue losses occur in this case, due to guests not returning to the bar or other entertainment areas after smoking.