SOURCE: Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Avis Budget Group, Inc.

February 09, 2011 14:30 ET

Avis Budget Group Honored for Pioneering Landmark Smoke-Free Rental Car Policy

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) - Avis Budget Group, Inc. today received the "National Smoke-Free Business Award" from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a U.S.-based nonsmokers' rights group, in recognition of Avis Budget Group's decision to become the first rental car company to offer a 100 percent smoke-free fleet by banning smoking in Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car vehicles in the United States and Canada.

"A smoke-free vehicle was the top 'special request' of our customers," said Larry De Shon, executive vice president of operations at Avis Budget Group. "Prohibiting smoking in our vehicles ensures that Avis and Budget customers receive a fresh-smelling and clean vehicle whenever they rent with us. The recognition from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is an honor we proudly accept. We are also pleased to see that others in our industry have subsequently chosen to follow our lead."

In late 2009, Avis Budget Group responded to customer feedback and instituted a smoke-free policy in its vehicles for customers and employees alike. The Company also instituted a smoke-free policy for all employees and contractors who drive its vehicles, and has made all of its offices and rental location facilities 100 percent smoke-free as well, effective April 1, 2011.

"Thanks to this move by Avis Budget Group, nonsmokers are breathing easier while traveling and other car rental companies are now beginning to follow suit with similar policies," said Cynthia Hallett, executive director at Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "We are grateful to Avis Budget Group for their leadership on this important issue."

About Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) is a leading provider of vehicle rental services, with operations in more than 70 countries. Through its Avis and Budget brands, the Company is a leading vehicle rental company in each of North America, Australia, New Zealand and certain other regions. Avis Budget Group is headquartered in Parsippany, N.J. and has more than 21,000 employees. For more information about Avis Budget Group, visit

About Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights is a membership organization dedicated to promoting people's rights to breathe clean air in the workplace and enclosed public places.