How To: Welcome Guests Who Smoke

atla-080408-smoke01.jpgLately, across the AT sites, we've been obsessed with AMC's series, "Mad Men." All of the details are spot on, mesmerizing even. In an era where everyone smoked, providing ashtrays, matches, even cigarettes was the norm. But now, when few people smoke, how do you make guests who do feel welcome?

Lately, we've been entertaining a lot of guests from Europe. Rather than make them uncomfortable, we've decided to take a page from back then:


  • Communicate your preferences to your guests before they arrive.
  • Designate a smoking section in a well-ventilated area. Let them know where it is when they arrive.
  • Provide an ashtray and matches or a lighter: we use an ashtray we purchased in Morocco; a friend scored a oversized glass ashtray on Ebay.

How do you welcome guests who smoke?

[Image via AMC's "Madmen"]