Here is the smoking policy from RCI from Jan 2008:
Effective January 2008, smoking is only permitted in designated areas and outdoors on the Starboard side of the ship (contact the Guest Services for details). Smoking is not permitted in any dining venue, theater, hallway or corridor. Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom or on Oasis class Boardwalk or Central Park private balconies, however, it is permitted on private ocean view balconies of balcony/suite staterooms. A $250 penalty will be applied to the SeaPass for guests found smoking in staterooms or on the private balconies in Boardwalk and Central Park onboard Oasis class ships. Cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco must be properly disposed of and never thrown overboard. A guest must be at least 18 years of age to purchase, possess or use tobacco onboard.
This is not to say that this will be the same in 2009 or in fact from next week as updates are continuously happening without warning. Hope that helps. ...... Neil.
Yes you can smoke on independence of the seas !! you can smoke if you have a balcony cabin on the balcony but you can also smoke in the labarynth bar and you can smoke in the connisure club this is meant to be for cigar smokers but its mainly used by ciggy smokers also on decks 4 11 and 12 starboard plenty of places to enjoy a ciggy so you enjoy !