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 CRANSTON, R.I., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jan Companies (JANCO), one of the largest privately held Burger King franchises in the country, has announced that starting tomorrow, Sept. 1, 1993, it will ban smoking in all its Burger King restaurants. JANCO operates Burger King restaurants across New England: all 29 Burger Kings in Rhode Island, 19 in Massachusetts, five in Vermont and two in Connecticut.
 "We looked at the EPA report and other research on environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)," said Patti Cimalore, the marketing director at JANCO, "and decided it was in the best interest of all our employees and customers to make our restaurants smoke-free. Many of our patrons are families with young children. As the report indicated, children are especially vulnerable to ETS, so we decided to follow the advice of the American Cancer Society and eliminate ETS from all our restaurants."
 JANCO has been moving towards this decision for the past 18 months. During this time, the corporate office and the Burger King restaurant kitchen areas were made smoke-free. In addition, JANCO has removed all cigarette vending machines from its Burger King restaurants. "When we put in the cigarette vending machines," Cimalore stated, "we thought of it as a service to our patrons. However, we discovered that underage children were using our machines to buy cigarettes, and that bothered us. We felt that this was a disservice to the community, so we removed all of the vending machines from our Burger King restaurants."
 "The number of calls to the American Cancer Society from companies desiring to go smoke-free has increased dramatically since the release of the EPA report on ETS in January. We are delighted that the Jan Companies and its Burger King restaurants have taken a national leadership position on going smoke-free," said Dr. Michael Vezeridis, president of the Society in Rhode Island. The American Cancer Society, as part of its worksite education program, has assisted JANCO with information on going smoke-free.
 The Society offers assistance, without charge, to businesses seeking to go smoke-free. It also offers smoking cessation classes to help smokers who want to quit. For further information on cancer or the many programs offered by the American Cancer Society, call the cancer response system information line at 1-800-ACS-2345.
 The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives from cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education and service.
 -0- 8/30/93 /CONTACT: Patti Cimalore of the Jan Companies, 401-946-4000, or Jerry Maldavir of Rhode Island Division-ACS, 401-722-8480/

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