Louisville-based YUM Backs Smoking Ban
Thursday August 11, 2005
After announcing today a new no-smoking policy at nearly 3,000 KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants nationwide, Louisville-based YUM! Brands Inc., joined Mayor Jerry Abramson in urging the Metro Council to pass a smoking restriction ordinance for Louisville.
“We support Mayor Abramson’s initiative to take Louisville Smoke-Free,” said Jonathan Blum, YUM senior vice president. “Just today, we announced that we are taking KFC and Pizza Hut smoke-free at all of our company-owned restaurants in the United States. Taco Bell and most Long John Silver’s already are smoke-free, and all A&W company-owned restaurants are smoke-free. This is the right thing to do given the dangers of second-hand smoke exposure.”
According to a news release, all 1,200 KFC and 1,675 Pizza Hut restaurants owned by YUM! in the U.S. will post no-smoking signs beginning next week on a phased-in basis. The companies also will encourage franchisees to participate in this effort.
“YUM is showing the forward-thinking kind of leadership that will help make communities across the country safer and healthier, and I congratulate them on their decision,” Abramson said.