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WHITE CASTLE IS SMOKE-FREE IN CHICAGO

 CHICAGO, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Area Office of White Castle implemented a smoke-free policy in all 49 Chicago-area restaurants effective Jan. 1, 1994. Changes in people's eating habits toward more take-out, smaller White Castle buildings and government regulations created the need to evaluate its policy.
 "More than seventy-five percent of the adult population are non- smokers, who will not be affected by this decision," said Area Manager Jack Robbins. "Only twenty percent of our customers dine inside our restaurant and they spend 15-20 minutes eating. We believe from the smokers we've talked to that this is a reasonable request of their time not to smoke.
 "Signs are now posted notifying our customers of the new policy and No Smoking signs from the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago are displayed in all restaurants," added Robbins.
 White Castle opened its first restaurant in Chicago back in July 1929 at 79th Street and Essex with a small brick building and five stools. Now, 64 years later, there are 49 Castles operating in the Chicago area.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Robbins, area manager, 312-582-7373, or Kim Bartley, director of marketing, 614-228-5781, ext. 684, both of White Castle/


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