Susan Bachenheimer is accustomed to putting on her coat and going outside to grab a smoke during the workday. Now, when she travels, she'll have to do the same thing at an increasing number of hotels.

Marriott International's move to make all of its 2,300 properties in the United States and Canada smoke-free by Oct. 15 probably will be followed by more hotel chains, those in the industry predict.

About 18 hotels in the Nashville area are affected by the move, because Marriott owns a variety of brands, including Courtyard, SpringHill Suites, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites. It's the largest chain in the nation to adopt a smoke-free policy, and it extends to all its rooms, restaurants and bars.

Westin Hotels and Resorts, which is planning a hotel in downtown Nashville, made a similar move for Westin-branded hotels earlier this year.

"It's a bold move,'' said Karla Maddux, the general manager of competing Holiday Inn Express near Nashville International Airport. She said her chain could attract some smokers driven out by Marriott, but not many. She said there's not that much demand for smoking rooms anyway.

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