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MILES BANS SMOKING IN PITTSBURGH OFFICES

 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "No Smoking" signs go up Monday, March 1, in Miles Inc.'s major Pittsburgh facilities, it was announced today.
 The new policy will affect some 1,700 employees who work at Miles headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh and the Parkway West complex in Robinson Township. The ban also affects Miles' visitors and contractors. Smoking will only be permitted in designated outside locations.
 Before the ban went into effect, Miles provided smoking-control seminars conducted by Addiction Management Systems, a Canadian firm that has offered its program at some 3,500 workplaces in North America. The main aim of the program is to provide assistance to smokers to control their habit or quit smoking. Of about 250 smokers at Miles' Pittsburgh facilities, 211 attended the seminars. Employees committed to stop smoking may seek the help of habit-breaking patches which require a physician's prescription. The cost of the program is being borne by Miles.
 When the company originally told its employees last November of the upcoming ban, it said it would provide designated smoking areas in its buildings. This was changed after the Environmental Protection Agency in early January classified environmental tobacco smoke as a human lung carcinogen.
 James H. Vines, senior vice president, corporate health, environment and safety, stressed that Miles is committed to the improvement of human health. Quoting from the new company policy, Vines said: "It is our intent to provide an environment free of the hazards of tobacco smoke. This policy is based upon current medical data and our responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace for our employees."
 Since spring 1988, when the City of Pittsburgh issued a smoking pollution control ordinance that is considered one of the toughest in the United States, literally hundreds of businesses in the city, including Miles, have adopted some form of anti-smoking regulations. In the case of Miles, the smoke-free policy prohibited smoking in common use areas inside its buildings. The new ban prohibits all smoking inside of buildings.
 Miles Inc. is a Fortune 100, research-based company with major businesses in chemicals, health care and imaging technologies. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company employs some 23,000 people at its operations throughout North America. In 1992, the company's sales were about $6.5 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Barry S. Cohen of Miles, Inc., 412-394-5504/


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