First, airlines had no smoking sections. Then smoking on flights was banned altogether. More recently, many airports - including Hong Kong International Airport - were declared smoke-free zones. So what is a nicotine addict to do? If you are travelling through Chek Lap Kok airport, there is good news. In addition to a few glass-enclosed lounges, a small number of outlets in the passenger terminal building offer smokers a friendly place where they will not find any of those signs warning them of a $5,000 fine if they light up. You could call Katie O'Connor's Irish Pub and Champions Sports Bar your first and last chance. 'The airport is a smoke-free zone,' said Parmod Verma, bars manager, Select Service Partner Hong Kong. 'These are the only two places you can smoke. They are especially popular with travellers from Japan and Taiwan.' Katie O'Connor's Irish Pub, located on Level 5 of Arrival Hall A, has Guinness, Kilkenny, Stella, Foster's, Carlsberg and Asahi on draft. It also serves up homemade Irish pies, Irish stew and various snacks and drinks. Despite the fish 'n' chips, chili con carne with tortilla chips, and deep-fried soft shell crab, the most popular item on the menu remains Katie's Club Sandwich. 'Many of our customers are Japanese and Taiwanese, and they love club sandwiches,' Mr Verma explained. Smoking is allowed inside the pub. There are tables outside for those who prefer a smoke-free environment. Champions Sports Bar, located on Level 7 of the restricted area of the East Hall at the departure level, offers everything from nachos, potato skins and chicken wings to burgers, ribs, sandwiches and - somewhat out of character - salads. There are 14 televisions and two 60-inch screens with live broadcasts from Star Sports, ESPN and CBS. There are also snooker and football tables. The nicotine-challenged do not have to give the place a wide berth. Smokers are seated together in the airport's largest glass-enclosed 'smokers' cabin'. This smoke-friendly zone also provides one of the terminal's best views of the airport's apron.