Smoking at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Airport Rating


Before and After Security Smoking

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals before security.

E-Cigarette use is not permitted in any of the terminals and all the lounges are definitely non smoking.

Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

Latest from Garry J: Just want to confirm that the smoking area behind Umami Burger in the International Terminal at LAX is still there as of June 13th 2018.

Update 2nd March 2018 from Ivan: There is a smoking area that is actually opposite to children’s corner. Pass Umami burgers, toilets and there is a visible signs showing where the smoking area (balcony) is. I am actually at the airport right now. Photo provided is at bottom of page.

Date 9th January 2018: Smoking area still exists at LAX Tom Bradley. Behind umami burgers. Update from Roman V.

The smoking area at TBIT does exist behind umami Burger. There are not many signs and it is at the end of a hallway but once you arrive it is outdoors but still in the secured area. It’s large and clean. Confirmation received on the 22nd November 2017 from Jack.

Smoking areas still available in this terminal, confirmation sent by L.T. on the 18th November 2017.

Confirmed smoking area still at Tom Bradley Terminal just around the corner from Umami Burger. 22nd October 2017 by Brad L.

Smoking area still confirmed open by Paul A. on the 6th September 2017.

Terminal 1

No Smoking area.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 does not have a smoking area. Feedback provided by Shaun, 17th August 2017.

Terminal 3

No Smoking area.

Terminal 4

No Smoking area.

Terminal 5

Update from Chris H on the 5th Feb 2018: I found the white whale in LAX tonight. From terminal 5 (gate 56) to the smoking arena in TBIT was a solid 15 min walk, but no problems at all. There’s are maps to get through the terminals and everything. Thanks again.

No Smoking area in Terminal 5 itself.

Terminal 6

No Smoking area.

Terminal 7

If someone has the time, I just walked outside of terminal 7 to smoke and walked back in pretty easily. The designated smoking area is just outside United Baggage claim, in between the signs for united and united express. You have to clear security again, but it was mellow. It's early right now but it only took me about 30 minutes. Feedback from Carla on the 5th March 2018.

Terminal 7 has no smoking area, but is undergoing some remodeling so that may change in the future. Feedback from Allison on the 3rd September 2017.

Terminal 8

No Smoking area.

Images of Smoke Areas

Smoking area behind Unami Burger in Tom Bradley terminal.


Sign to smoking Balcony provided by Ivan.

Terminal Maps

Terminal 1 map - Terminal 2 map - Terminal 3 map - Terminal 4 map

Terminal 5 map - Terminal 6 map - Terminal 7 map - Terminal 8 map

Tom Bradley International Terminal


Further Information

Official Website