Policy Makers

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.

Support for Smokefree Casinos in Iowa

A letter to the editor in the Des Moines Register stated that, “Seven years after Iowa’s smoke-free-air law went into effect exempting gaming floors, the state continues to gamble with…

Louisiana Casino Revenues Down in June: Smoking Status Not a Factor

Media Contact: Cynthia Hallett, MPH Executive Director, ANR 510-841-3032 Louisiana Casino Revenues Down in June: Smoking Status Not a Factor Berkeley, CA – Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) congratulates New…

Congratulations Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort – Now Smokefree Indoors

Hancock County, WV smokefree workplace law will save lives and increase parity for Ohio and WV casino operators Congratulations to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort in New Cumberland, West Virginia!…

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Updated Smokefree Casinos List

Check out our most recent list of U.S. Smokefree Casinos and Gambling venues (updated July, 2015).  New additions include Yellow Brick Road Casino in New York (Oneida Nation), Mountaineer Casino…

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New Orleans Smokefree Casino Update

Gaming Revenue Trends and Harrah’s New Orleans Casino We know that secondhand smoke is a top cause of disease and death for casino and hospitality sector workers and musicians. The…

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Harrah’s New Orleans: Best Casino in the South!

On April 22, 2015 the City of New Orleans joined the ranks of world-class cities with a strong smokefree indoor air law for the health of the city’s world-famous “cultural…

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Ohio’s Smokefree casinos revenue up 35.5% while 4 neighboring smokey casino states saw declines

According to an article in the Dayton Daily News, “With three new racinos up and running, including one in Dayton, Ohio had a bigger boost in gambling revenue last year than…

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Horseshoe Baltimore Casino Now Open!

Horseshoe Baltimore casino opened on August 26, 2014! We celebrate that this property, like all of Maryland’s casino workplaces, is 100% smokefree indoors. Smokefree indoor air means being welcoming to…

The Kaw Nation’s Smoke-Free Casino

This video describes the Kaw Nation’s new smokefree Southwind Casino.

Interview with Colorado Senator Ken Gordon

Colorado Senator Ken Gordon talks about passing the law making all state regulated casinos in Colorado smokefree.