Denver Airport Smoking Areas(T A,B,C &J)

If you’re flying through Denver Airport and wondering where to smoke or what laws are in place regarding smoking in Denver Airport’s terminals, you’ve come to the right place. In Denver Airport and its terminals, smoking is prohibited in all areas of the public concourses including gates, ticketing areas, shops/restaurants, and any other public area.

The only exceptions are designated outdoor smoking areas located on both levels of the Jeppesen Terminal which are clearly marked with signs directing passengers to these areas. Smoking is also prohibited in all other areas of the airport such as rental car facilities and parking garages, so please be sure to adhere to the laws regarding smoking in Denver Airport.

Can you smoke in Denver Airport?

Yes, smoking is allowed in designated outdoor smoking areas located on both levels of the Jeppesen Terminal. Outside Jeppesen Terminal, there are designated smoking areas available before going through security. However, smoking is prohibited in all other areas of the airport such as public concourses, gates, ticketing areas, shops/restaurants, rental car facilities and parking garages. It is important to respect the designated smoking areas and refrain from smoking in non-designated areas.

In addition to following the laws and regulations regarding smoking at Denver Airport, it is important to also be courteous and considerate of others. While you may be a smoker, not everyone around you may be, so it is important to be mindful of those who may have sensitivities or health concerns related to smoking.

While smoking isn’t allowed in Denver Airport, there are still designated spaces before and after security where you can get to hit some puffs. Unlike Airports such as Bangkok Airport where smoking is not allowed anywhere before or after security and penalties for smoking can be quite hefty.

How to smoke in Denver Airport;

If you want to smoke at Denver Airport, make sure to locate one of the designated outdoor smoking areas. Follow the smoking signs which are located on both levels of the Jeppesen Terminal. Before going through security, there are also designated smoking areas available outside the terminal.

If you have an e-cigarette, please note that they are only allowed to be used in designated smoking areas. Smoking of any kind is prohibited inside the airport buildings and facilities.

It is also important to properly dispose of any smoking materials, such as cigarette butts or ash, in designated receptacles. This helps keep the airport clean and safe for all passengers.

Denver Airport Smoking Area Terminal A:

Unfortunately, there are no smoking areas in DEN’s Terminal A. To access a smoking area, you will need to return to the Jeppesen Terminal and make use of one of the outdoor facilities located outside the terminal building. Note that Denver does not specify how far you should be from the building as other States such as New York do. Just be sure to be within the smoking room.

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Denver Airport smoking area map

While it is possible to walk from Terminal A to Jeppesen Terminal, there is also a convenient option of taking a free automated train. This train efficiently connects Jeppesen Terminal to A Gates, B Gates, and C Gates. The train ride itself should take less than 3 minutes, but it is advisable to allocate at least 15 minutes to account for waiting time and a few additional minutes it will take you to smoke.

Denver Airport Smoking Area Terminal B:

Terminal B at Denver International Airport also does not have any designated smoking areas inside the building. Take the free train back to Jeppesen Terminal to access the smoking areas in the West or East of Jeppesen Terminal

Denver Airport Smoking Area Terminal C:

Similar to Terminal A, and B, there are no smoking zones inside Terminal C. To smoke, you must go to Jeppesen Terminal in the designated smoking rooms outside of the international terminal.

Denver Airport Smoking Area before Security:

You can indulge in smoking before security checks at DEN, but only in designated smoking areas. These are located outside of the main Jeppesen terminal building and can be accessed by taking the automated train or walking from any of the concourses.

Denver Airport Smoking Area before Security:

Once you have passed through security, there are no designated smoking areas inside the terminal. However, if you exit the terminal to access other facilities such as restaurants or shops, you will need to go back through security before boarding your flight. It is important to plan accordingly and make sure you have enough time for both smoking and navigating through security checkpoints.

Unlike other airports such as LAX which allow travelers to enjoy their smoke inside the terminals after security, Denver Airport has not provided any spaces to smoke once you’ve been cleared by security to board.

Where to buy Cigarettes in Denver Airport:

If you happen to run out, cigarettes are available for purchase at Denver Airport. There are two duty-free shops in Concourse A near Gate A34 and Concourse B near Gate B38, specifically catering to international passengers with boarding passes for flights departing from Concourse A or B.

Additionally, you can find convenience stores in Concourse A near Gate A49, Concourse B near Gate B22, Concourse C near Gate C27, and Jeppesen Terminal near Door 610 on Level 6.

Unfortunately, some of these stores are accessible to passengers who have cleared security but are not allowed to smoke past security. If you need to smoke after purchasing, you’ll need to get to the outdoor smoking area in Jeppesen terminal and later check back in.

Furthermore, if you are traveling internationally and have a long layover at Denver Airport, it may be beneficial to purchase duty-free cigarettes as they can often be more expensive in other countries. Just make sure to check the customs regulations of your final destination before making any purchases.

Denver Airport Smoking Zones in Jeppesen Terminal

Smoking zones can be found on both the East and West sides of the Jeppesen terminal. To access the outdoor smoking areas, simply exit through the designated doors located at the north and south ends of the terminal. Here are the specific doors for each level:

West Side of Jeppesen Terminal:

  • Level 4: Doors 400 and 416
  • Level 5: Doors 500 and 516
  • Level 6: Door 616

East Side of Jeppesen Terminal:

  • Level 4: Doors 401 and 417
  • Level 5: Doors 501 and 517
  • Level 6: Doors 601 and 617

Smoking within the secure area is only allowed at the “Smokin’ Bear Lodge Smoking Lounge,” situated in Concourse C at the heart of the concourse. There is a $3 cover charge per person, which includes your first drink (mandatory). The lounge is conveniently accessible from all concourses within a 5-minute walk.

Colorado & Denver Airport Laws on Cigarette Smoking

According to Colorado state law, smoking includes all forms of burning tobacco or any other substances, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and vaping. The use and/or possession of marijuana or any cannabis product is also prohibited in Denver Airport’s public areas and terminals.

City of Denver’s laws regarding smoking:

In 2019, the Colorado Legislature made important updates to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, originally passed in 2006, to expand smoke-free protections. Effective July 1, 2019, vaping will be prohibited in indoor public places, including bars and restaurants. Additionally, individuals will be required to maintain a distance of at least 25 feet from entrances while smoking or vaping. Furthermore, all hotel and motel rooms will be designated as smoke and vape-free environments. Lastly, it is worth noting that all businesses and common areas of assisted living facilities will also be smoke and vape-free zones. These measures collectively contribute to creating healthier and cleaner environments for all.

Colorado laws are similar to laws of other countries such as Thailand which has completely banned smoking in public areas but Colorado has made provisions to provide designated smoking rooms. You can explore our guide on Bangkok Airport smoking.

I’d say Denver Airport is similar to Brisbane Airport in terms of smoking laws. While Brisbane banned smoking in the airport premises in 2016, they have created very comfortable smoking areas. You can smoke regular cigarettes outside or e-cigarettes on designated balconies. Read more about Brisbane Airport’s smoking areas.

Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act (2019)

To mitigate the risks of smoke-related health problems in Colorado, the General Assembly enacted the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act in 2006. This comprehensive legislation prohibits smoking in indoor areas across the state. Over the years, the act was revised in 2013 and 2019 to include the prohibition of marijuana smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices, respectively.

This issue brief delves into the act’s definition of smoking and outlines the establishments affected by the smoking ban, as well as those that are exempted from it. Additionally, it elucidates the penalties associated with noncompliance and provides insights into smoking bans implemented in other states.

You can read more here.

How about e-cigarettes?

In 2019, the Colorado legislature made amendments to the Clean Indoor Air Act to address the use of vapes and e-cigarettes. These changes encompass various aspects, including restrictions on vaping in permitted smoking areas, age restrictions, signage requirements, and penalties for non-compliance. The updated act now includes a definition of “electronic smoking device” (ESD), which encompasses e-cigarettes and similar devices. These modifications aim to enhance the effectiveness and scope of the “Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act”.

Same way cigarettes are not allowed in public areas, e-cigarettes are also prohibited in public areas. This includes places like subways, restaurants, bars, and other enclosed public areas.

Here is a link to the original Clean Air Indoor Act of 2006.

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