The airport says on its website that it plans to launch a 30-day "smoking passenger accommodation program" starting Jan. 2, which will involve offering complimentary nicotine replacement therapy lozenges to passengers who can't easily access the airport's outdoor smoking zones.
Roughly two-thirds of passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson are merely connecting between flights on the concourses, and would have to exit security to get to the smoking zones outside of the domestic and international terminals.
"While Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is in full compliance with the City of Atlanta smoking ordinance and the state of Georgia's Smoke Free Act, we realize that for many passengers, smoking is a part of their daily activity," the airport says on its website. It said that's why it will offer the lozenges at participating concessionaires throughout the concourses from January 2-31, 2020.
The airport says the ordinance will be enforced by the Atlanta Police Department, and those who violate it by smoking or vaping inside the airport will be subject to a civil penalty, or fine, of up to $200.
The airport plans to convert the smoking rooms to other uses, such as concessions.