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Diageo Supports Kentucky Legislation Banning 'Alcohol Without Liquid' (AWOL) Machines

NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading spirits, wine and beer company, and an industry leader in promoting responsible drinking, announced its support for proposed legislation in Kentucky banning AWOL ("Alcohol Without Liquid") machines that enable consumers to inhale alcohol vapors.

"Diageo commends Kentucky State Representative Susan Westrom (D) in her efforts to prohibit the use and sale of AWOL machines in Kentucky and raise awareness about the dangers of these machines," said Sonya Deen, Senior Director State Government Relations, Diageo North America.

"We oppose AWOL machines simply because they're not responsible," Deen said. "Diageo is wholly committed to the responsible sale, marketing, advertising and consumption of our products and that's why we work hard to prevent underage drinking and promote responsible consumption of alcohol."

Although all alcohol products sold in America must be federally approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), AWOL machines have yet to receive such approval.

About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com/.

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Source: Diageo

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