The Facts



There is No Safe Level of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke


Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke that is given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar, often called sidestream smoke, and the smoke that is exhaled from the lungs of a smoker (mainstream smoke). Tobacco burns at a lower temperature while smoldering (thus it doesn’t burn as cleanly), releasing more toxins into the air than are in the smoke actually inhaled by the smoker. Approximately 90% of the time they are lit, cigarettes are smoldering and generating air pollution that nonsmokers are forced to breathe. If smoking is allowed within a casino, both employees and patrons are at risk. Secondhand smoke exposure from commercial tobacco is known to cause heart diseases, lung cancer and other breathing problems.



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Air Quality at Arkansas Racetracks, Unsafe Environments?

An air quality study at Oaklawn Park Racing and Gaming and Southland Park Gaming and Racing measuring fine particulates.




New Medical Study: Ambulance Rates Plummet When Casinos Go Smokefree

A study from the University of California, San Francisco serves as a wake up call to policy makers. Read more.




Changes in Ambulance Calls Following Implementation of a Smokefree Law and its Extension to Casinos

A health study published August 5, 2013 by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the scientific journal Circulation, found a 20 percent reduction in ambulance calls to casinos following the implementation of Colorado’s smokefree law. Read more.




Smokefree Casinos Reduce Medical Emergencies

This blog entry from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education described the findings from a study published on August 5, 2013 in Circulation, regarding ambulance calls to casinos following the implementation of a smokefree air law in Colorado.

Lead author Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, UCSF professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at UCSF, stated, “Our study suggests that exempting casinos from smoke-free laws means that more people will suffer medical emergencies as a result. The research shows strong evidence of a significant drop in ambulance calls due to less secondhand smoke exposure.”



Secondhand Smoke and Gaming Facilities

This Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights fact sheet provides information on the health hazards of secondhand smoke exposure; information on ventilation claims; patron support for smokefree casinos; and more!

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