Regardless of your smoking status, the stress of air travel's enough to drive anyone to scramble for a cigarette. But what’s a smoker to do when airport light-up lounges are rarer than free checked bags and upgrades? Book flights through one of these seven airports that -- with at least one designated smoking area each -- will accommodate his nicotine needs.
7. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
The world's busiest airport ensures travelers from countries where smoking indoors is still the norm are catered for; there're at least two smoking lounges in each of their many concourses. A few for quick reference: Concourse B7, B24, C15, C28, D5, D7, E8, E17, and E30. If you're looking for a beer with your butt, head to the Heineken Bar & Grill in the center of Concourse A. Note: as the 10th most delayed airport in the country, it might be worth reading up on airside food and drink options, as well as places to crash if you're stuck overnight.
6. Denver International Airport
Despite the fact that Mesa Verde (an awesome Mexican restaurant with a fireplace and free Wi-Fi) is no longer smoking-friendly, the Smokin’ Bear Smoking Lounge is on the C gates -- just note there’s a $5 drink minimum to enter (which shouldn't be hard to make). This is another great airport if you're stranded overnight, so read up on the restos and sleeping spots before you go.
5. Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky International Airport
Assuming you're stressed about the Bengals' playoff chances and need to relax with a smoke, you're in luck; a third Graycliff Lounge just opened this Summer near gate B11, and -- in addition to selling cigarettes and cigars (…and chocolate and coffee, oh my) -- their $6 fee includes a beverage.