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Cigarette giant to ban employees from smoking in most areas

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Starting Jan. 1, employees of the company that makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes will not be allowed to smoke at work.

David Howard, a spokesman for Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds American, told U.S. News, “We made this decision because the vast majority of adults in the U.S. don’t smoke, and the same is true for most employees and visitors to our facilities. We believe this is the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”

The second-largest U.S. cigarette company until now allowed smoking in its buildings except in cafeterias and fitness centers, and on factory floors.

The company will roll in the restrictions, starting with conference rooms and elevators, and convert some indoor rooms into designated smoking areas.

Howard did not say how or if the company would enforce the smoking ban.

Employees will be allowed to use smokeless tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, on the job. Reynolds American makes Vuse e-cigarettes.

Reynolds American has come under fire from anti-smoking groups for allowing employees to smoke in designated areas rather than issuing a total ban.

Contact: Jane Seccombe of Reynolds American, (336) 741-5068.

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