Calls for Smoking Ban at Casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
At the recent 18th annual East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City, a number of casino executives and industry experts met to discuss various issues such as the rapid expansion and competition in the gaming market. However, some are annoyed that the issue of smoking inside casinos was not addressed.Many are calling for casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to become smoke free environments as at present workers and patrons are exposed to large amounts of second-hand smoke.
The U.S. surgeon general has published a long list of health effects caused by second-hand smoke including strokes.
Furthermore, it is known that exposure to second-hand smoke for as little as 30 minutes causes an immediate effect on blood and blood vessels that raise the risk of a heart attack.
An article by a senior scientist from the U.S. Center for Disease Control published in the Journal of Tobacco Control found that casino workers have a significantly higher risk of heart disease, heart attacks and lung cancer. With over 50,000 people working at casinos in Atlantic City and Pennsylvania, this becomes a significant workplace safety issue.
Furthermore, the majority of casino patrons are non-smokers, and as such the casinos would be unlikely to lose a significant amount of business if they were to change their policy.