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Post Office Bans Smoking

June 8, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Smoking will be banned in all post office facilities starting next week, Postmaster General Marvin Runyon announced today.

Runyon said the action is being taken to provide a safe and healthy environment for postal workers and customers.

″For that reason, effective June 13, smoking will be prohibited in all buildings or office space owned or leased by the Postal Service,″ Runyon told the monthly meeting of the agency’s governing board. ″The ban includes lobbies, managers’ offices and employee cafeterias.″

Runyon said that local managers, working with employee representatives, will be allowed to decide whether to permit smoking in outdoor locations on postal property.

Currently smoking is allowed in designated areas of post offices. Officials said they decided to ban smoking entirely because of recent Environmental Protection Agency reports on the hazards of smoke in the air.

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