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.

Nate Forbes, Horseshoe Casino

Nate Forbes, co-owner of the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland, Ohio, speaking at a media event in Cleveland City Council chambers about the casino’s smokefree experience.

Fighting for Smokefree Air: President Shelly’s Story (Navajo Nation)

President Ben Shelly talks about the importance of taking care of the health of the Navajo people, including those working at tribal casinos within Navajo Nation. This interview was conducted…