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Casino job creation shouldn’t come at the expense of sickening the very people and communities those jobs are supposed to be helping. Casino job creation shouldn’t come with cancer and heart disease clusters, medical bankruptcies, and loss of life caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. The solution is easy – take the smoking outside. Casino operators have developed solutions to accommodate players who smoke. From Colorado to Massachusetts, some basic planning for outdoor smoking areas makes this a non-issue for operations. Plus, for problem gamblers that smoke, it’s probably not a bad idea for them to stand up and stretch their legs for 10 minutes outside on a smoking patio.

Gaming is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. and has the greatest disparity of exposure to secondhand smoke of any worker. Local and state smokefree laws should not leave behind the very people most exposed to secondhand smoke. Being smokefree indoors – for the health of staff and the public – is an important way to prevent the death, disease, and healthcare costs caused by secondhand smoke. Casino companies are reluctant to go smokefree on their own, so laws help provide the basic workplace safety standard of healthy air that the industry is not willing to do on its own.

Fact: 82% of the U.S. population are nonsmokers. 4 out of 5 gamblers are nonsmokers.

Interview with Cynthia Hallett, ANR President and CEO

Cynthia Hallett, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) President and CEO was interviewed by Casino Journal regarding smokefree air: ANR Aims to Clear the Air Casino Journal – November 3, 2016…

MGM Resorts Quietly Makes Its Vegas Hotels Non-Smoking

MGM Resorts Quietly Makes Its Vegas Hotels Non-Smoking VitalVegas.com It’s a trend that’s flown largely under the radar, but MGM Resorts is quietly turning its Las Vegas resorts into non-smoking…

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Secondhand Smoke and Casino HVAC Systems: Don’t Buy the Ventilation Lie

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 CONTACT: Cynthia Hallett, MPH American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation cynthia.hallett@no-smoke.org [Las Vegas, NV] September 29, 2016: Before investing money in a costly casino…

Smokefree Air and the Future of the Gaming Industry

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 CONTACT: Cynthia Hallett, MPH American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation cynthia.hallett@no-smoke.org [Las Vegas, NV] September 27, 2016: In the gaming industry, it’s said that…

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Responsible Gaming: A Safer Place to Play and Work

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 CONTACT: Cynthia Hallett, MPH American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation cynthia.hallett@no-smoke.org [Las Vegas, NV] September 26, 2016: Responsible Gaming is based on the principle…

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Global Gaming and Smokefree Air: Good for Business

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 CONTACT: Cynthia Hallett, MPH American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation cynthia.hallett@no-smoke.org [Las Vegas, NV] September 26, 2016: Thousands of people who work in casinos…

Going Smokefree Matters Casinos Infographic From the CDC

Going Smokefree Matters: Casinos

The CDC has created an infographic Going Smokefree Matters – Casinos, which describes the impact of secondhand smoke exposure in these venues.

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Survey: Mesquite, NV voters want smoke-free casinos

A recent survey that found a clear majority of Mesquite city’s voters strongly support its efforts to ban indoor smoking in all workplaces, including the casinos. Click on the title…

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Smoking in casinos is going bye-bye

A piece by Roger Snow in the Global Gaming Business Magazine, titled “Family Feud – The biggest changes to table games in the last 20 years,” stated: No Smoking [15]…