In December 2005, GVA set out to tighten up its policy of a smoking ban in its buildings, which was introduced in 1997 and made provision at the time for reserving certain areas for smokers. There was a need in particular to take into account the fact that passengers in the transit area could not leave the building.
GVA took the opportunity of the complete reorganization of its transit area, following the launch of the master plan for 2007-2015, to provide for the creation of a smoking lounge equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation and smoke-extraction technologies. As a result of the work of an "ad hoc" project group, contacts were made with tobacco manufacturers who might be interested in a partnership. At the beginning of 2007, the JTI company was selected, and an agreement was signed providing for a smoking lounge to be opened in March 2008.
Thanks to excellent collaboration with JTI, GVA can henceforth offer passengers who require it an installation for smokers that provides comfort and light with a high standard of design.
GVA is thus able to respond to the expectations of travellers who smoke, while at the same time guaranteeing non-smokers total protection against passive smoke.