Focus on Health and Safety of Gaming Hospitality Workforce
It’s A Great Job, But Not Worth Dying For
Today’s casino industry serves as a top job sector in numerous states. Inside a casino entertainment complex, it’s shared air for all the workers and visitors inside. Even one mid-sized casino complex can be a workplace for thousands of people. Plus, many thousands of visitors may be in the building at any given time for conventions, hotel stays, shopping, dining, or entertainment. The smoking status of casinos can have a significant impact on the health of a community since they often serve such a central role as both a workplace and gathering place in the community.
There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Casino smoking areas, smoking rooms, and ventilation systems do not address the health hazards.
While 20 states and a growing number of cities now require all state regulated gambling venues to be smokefree indoors. There are more than 1,000 smokefree gambling venues in the U.S. including casinos in a growing number of sovereign Tribes. Casino operators have invested many billions of dollars into new smokefree indoor air casinos in recent years in states like Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York.
Smokefree casinos in these and other states compete successfully against both smokefree and non-smokefree casinos in their respective regional markets. Smokefree indoor air is simply not a barrier to being a successful casino.
Current at least 87% of US adults are nonsmokers, including most casino goers. Even many people who do smoke don’t necessarily want to breathe other people’s smoke indoors.
Indoor secondhand smoke impacts the frequency and duration of nonsmoking customer visits and makes it harder to attract new customers for meetings, gaming, and non-gaming businesses.
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