(10:02 am EST) -- Choice Hotels International announced its Comfort Inns and Comfort Suites properties will be 100-percent smoke-free in 2017. This is the largest hotel brand to banish smoking from its hotels.

"We continue to take a series of bold steps to make the Comfort guest experience better than ever, and becoming the largest hotel brand across the United States and Canada to commit to being smoke-free is yet another example," said Anne Smith, vice president of brand strategy for Choice Hotels.

Comfort Inns and Comfort Suites include more than 1,800 properties across the United States and Canada. Learn more about the chain and family travel here: Comfort Inn and Suites Review.

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