Chicago Pizza Huts already smoke free as city mulls smoking ban

Sept. 23, 2002

CHICAGO -- A health department survey shows that area Pizza Hut restaurants are among more than 900 restaurants in Chicago and suburban Cook County that have banned cigarette smoking.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois state law requires restaurants to provide nonsmoking sections, but not be smoke-free. Chicago's City Council, however, is considering a mandatory smoking ban.

Other nonsmoking restaurant companies in the area include McDonald's, White Castle, Subway and Boston Market.

"Smokers and nonsmokers support smoke-free dining," said Janet Williams of the Cook County Public Health Department. "Only [the tobacco] industry tells you that smokers don't want it."

Pizza Hut has resisted banning smoking nationwide at its restaurants, saying it prefers to let individual operators choose whether smoking will be allowed.

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