To the Editor:
On the heels of the Surgeon General’s report that was released in January, a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control has just published more research further supporting need for all indoor workplaces – including casinos – to be smoke-free.
“Secondhand smoke and smoking restrictions in casinos: a review of the evidence,” was published online in the peer-reviewed journal, “Tobacco Control,” on March 7. According to the article, researches found conclusive evidence that indoor smoking seriously threatens the lives of casino workers. For us here in Mesquite this is not an abstract concept. These are our spouses, our brothers and sisters, our neighbors.
The research shows that casino workers are at grave risk of heart disease, heart attacks and lung cancer exists even when smoking is limited to certain casino areas or when high tech ventilation is employed. The article concluded by echoing the findings of the Surgeon General, stating “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.”
There are more than 500 casino and other gambling venues nationwide that successfully operate smoke-free. These successful smoke-free casinos include ones owned by some of the same corporations that operate smoke-filled casinos here in Nevada. Caesars Entertainment operates smoke-free Harrah’s casinos in Illinois, Horseshoe casinos in Ohio, and the soon-to-open smoke-free Horseshoe Baltimore.
It’s time we demand the same safe working conditions for all of our friends and family members who work in casinos in Nevada.