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(Scroll down for video) In an ironic twist, U.S. tobacco maker Reynolds banned its employees from lighting up at work.
Reynolds announced its decision on Thursday.
The company banned smoking in all indoor office spaces, succumbing to pressure of making its facilities smoke free. The maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes said it is banning workers from lighting up cigars and pipes as well.
The company will be opening special smoking areas at the company's headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The company said the new rules respect the rights of smokers and nonsmokers alike, and make more sense in a world that is against smoking.
"We recognize that restricting smoking indoors is the norm today, and most people expect a business environment free of smoke," Reynolds said.
E-cigarettes and chewing tobacco are still allowed.