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CONTROLLING SECONDARY TOBACCO SMOKE IMPORTANT TO VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS

 CHICAGO, Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- While many of the nation's 50 million smokers attempt to kick the habit on Thursday, "National Smoke- Out Day," the non-smoking public will undoubtedly continue to battle the problem of secondary tobacco smoke. The Pollenex Smoke Grabber(R) Survey, a survey of 1,029 citizens from across the nation, conducted by The Wirthlin Group and released Wednesday, shows that almost 9 in 10 Americans (86 percent) believe that controlling secondary tobacco smoke is important.
 The Pollenex Smoke Grabber Survey also showed three in four people found secondary smoke annoying -- in fact, so annoying that more than 50 percent said they change seats when someone who is smoking sits near them. A surprising 43 percent of those surveyed are bold enough to ask someone smoking near them to stop.
 The survey was commissioned by Pollenex Corp., a market leader in personal home products. Pollenex manufactures the Smoke Grabber, a battery-powered ashtray whose highly efficient charcoal filter absorbs secondary tobacco smoke and odors.
 "Results from the Smoke Grabber Survey clearly indicate a strong majority of Americans have a concern about, and want to control, secondary smoke. We commend those smokers who will attempt to kick the habit on Thursday. However, the debate between smokers and non-smokers will undoubtedly continue to rage," said Phil Gyori, director of marketing for Pollenex.
 "Not only can thoughtful smokers take action to control their environment with the Smoke Grabber ashtray, but it also is an ideal gift from non-smokers looking to remove the smoke they hate from the smoker they love," said Gyori.
 The Pollenex Smoke Grabber is priced at under $30.
 Among the additional survey findings:
 -- There is a generation gap when it comes to controlling secondary smoke. A higher percentage of 25-to-44-year-olds feel that controlling secondary smoke is important than those 45 to 64.
 -- There is also an income gap. Those with incomes above $60,000 had significantly higher agreement that controlling secondary smoke is more important than those with incomes below $15,000.
 -- With regard to gender and race, there were no significant differences in the numbers of those agreeing with the importance of controlling secondary smoke.
 Pollenex Corp. has been a leading developer and marketer of quality personal and health care products for more than 30 years. Headquartered in Chicago, the company currently manufactures more than 70 products in a variety of product lines including massage shower heads, bath whirlpool and spa systems, home air and water filers and hand-held massagers.
 TOBACCO SMOKE-RELATED STATEMENTS
 AGREEMENT~DISAGREEMENT RATINGS FOR ALL RESPONDENTS:
 STRONGLY SOMEWHAT SOMEWHAT STRONGLY DON'T KNOW~
 AGREE AGREE DISAGREE DISAGREE REFUSED
 Percent Percent Percent Percent Percent
 Statements:
 Controlling
 secondary
 tobacco smoke
 is important 66 20 6 7 2
 Second-hand
 tobacco smoke
 is very annoying
 to me 59 16 13 12 1
 I change seats
 when someone who
 is smoking
 sits near me 40 19 20 19 2
 When someone is
 smoking near me,
 I ask them
 to stop 27 16 26 28 3
 (Base: 1,029 respondents).
 Rows may not sum to exactly 100 percent due to rounding.
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 ~CONTACT: Phil Gyori of Pollenex, 312-454-5400, or Mary Ann O'Rourke of The Dilenschneider Group, 312-553-0700, for Pollenex~


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