Campaign Salutes Avis and Budget Rent-A-Car for Going Smoke-Free

Statement by Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Sep. 3 2009

Washington, D.C. — Avis Rent-A-Car's famous advertising slogan "We Try Harder" was never more apt than it is right now. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds Avis Budget Group, Inc. for its announcement today that beginning October 1st, 2009, all Avis and Budget rental vehicles in the United States and Canada will be smoke-free.

By prohibiting smoking in its entire North American rental fleet, Avis will not only be saving on cleaning costs, it will be making renting a car a healthier and far more pleasurable experience for its customers.

In ridding Avis and Budget rental cars of the 4000 chemicals, including over 60 carcinogens, in secondhand smoke, Avis is protecting the rights of all of its customers to breathe clean air. A recent study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concluded that concentrations of secondhand smoke are significantly higher in cars than concentrations generally measured in bars, restaurants and other public places that allow smoking. In addition, residues from secondhand smoke can remain on cushions and fabrics long after secondhand smoke has cleared.

Avis Budget Group Inc. obviously cares about its customers .They do Try Harder. We hope Avis's announcement will spur other rental car companies to follow Avis's lead and make their rental fleets smoke-free as well. It will make renting a car a far healthier and far more pleasurable experience for all consumers.

 

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