Let’s Clear the Air for Casino Patrons and Employees
The benefits of smoke-free workplaces and public spaces have been clearly demonstrated.1,2 In fact, a 2012 scientific statement by the American Heart Association provided a class IA recommendation for legislation mandating smoke-free public spaces.3 Many regions of the country have implemented smoking restrictions in bars, restaurants, and other worksites, but workers and patrons in many states and regions remain unprotected.4 Although it is not surprising that tobacco companies would lobby fiercely against such policies, they are sometimes joined by other business interests to prevent the creation of smoke-free spaces.
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In July 2006, when the state of Colorado banned smoking in the workplace, casinos were exempted. Many other states that have implemented clean indoor air laws have done the same, bowing to industry pressure that smoking restrictions in casinos would be bad for business and reduce tax revenues. Industry pressure has kept other states, particularly in the South, from implementing any substantive workplace smoking restrictions at all.4 An article in …