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MELLON BANK TO IMPLEMENT SMOKE-FREE POLICY

 PITTSBURGH, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Mellon Bank Corporation (NYSE: MEL) announced today that it will institute a smoke-free workplace policy effective Jan. 1, l994, thereby eliminating smoking within all of its facilities throughout North America and overseas.
 "Mellon has decided to become entirely smoke-free in direct response to the growing body of evidence on the dangers of passive tobacco smoke as well as the expressed desire of a majority of Mellon associates for a clean-air work environment," said D. Michael Roark, executive vice president and director of human resources for Mellon.
 Mellon is working with the American Cancer Society to design smoking cessation/modification programs that will assist smokers in adjusting to the new policy. Smoking cessation sessions, offered free of charge to Mellon associates, will be offered throughout the corporation. Mellon, in addition, has arranged for interested smokers to obtain nicotine patches at a substantially discounted price.
 "We recognize smokers will have to make an adjustment to their lifestyle and we are committed to providing them sufficient time and appropriate assistance to make this transition smoothly," Roark said.
 With assets of approximately $36 billion, Mellon Bank Corporation is a major superregional bank holding company. Through its subsidiaries, it provides wholesale, retail and middle marketing banking, as well as numerous service products, including trust and investment, mortgage banking and information services.
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 /EDITORS: Following are regional media contacts: central Pennsylvania - Margy Haagen, 814-231-2508; Harrisburg region - Cheryl Small, 717-780-3085; northwestern Pennsylvania - Sandy Hass, 814-453-7428; Philadelphia region - Jim Dever, 215-553-4684; Delaware - Peggy Strine, 302-292-6518; and Maryland - Margaret Cromelin, 301-217-0607./
 /CONTACT: Thomas Butch, 412-234-6436, or Tilda Walsh, 412-234-5873, both of Mellon Bank/
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