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|Casino smoke [still] takes your breath away
|(*02/25/2008 by Dr. Leland Fairbanks, President ACAS) In recent years, I having been getting dozens of the same
kind of smoke-filled Casino air pollution messages from friends. (Messages From both Native Americans and Non-
Natives). Some usually reasonable people even curse about how pathetically unhealthy it was to even stick their
head inside a typical casino for a few minutes to the extent that they won't go back again until Casinos change and
ban indoor smoking. Contrary to public perceptions of 20 years ago, secondhand smoke pollution is now so
unacceptable to most people that it is no longer bad for business to promote clean air and promote good health
among employees and patrons. Few people , even the most addicted of smokers are so self-centered as to insist on
smoking indoors in shared airspace. The social norm throughout America and many other countries abroad has
changed drastically in recent years about no longer wanting to breath environmental tobacco smoke with its cancer
It is truly refreshing to note the current Navajo Nation Commercial Tobacco Free Southwest Navajo Tobacco
Education and Prevention Program (SNTEPP) Project going forward on the Navajo Nation. “Arizonans Concerned
About Smoking” (ACAS) salutes the Navajo Courage and strongly supports their effort as does Dr Richard H.
Carmona, 17thU.S.Surgeon General, and many Health and Public Health groups, as well as other groups with the
courage to stand up and be counted. This Navajo Nation project is particularly important, and deserves our solid
support because it will be precedent setting by making all 5 of the future Navajo Nation casinos open smoke-free on
the Reservation. (Unless the Tribal Council is unable to resist the heavy pressure now being sent their way from
outside the Reservation by Big Commercial Tobacco Companies and their affiliated allies.
On 11-15-08, the Great American Smoke-Out Day at Phoenix Indian Medical Center, 252 Native Americans passed by
our “Arizonans Concerned About Smoking” exhibit table. 250out of the 252 (99%) of the Native Americans signed our
Resolution calling for all Casinos to ban indoor smoking and become smokefree for the sake of the workers, just like
all other workplaces. Strong feelings were expressed that we’ve got to stop treating casino employees like
unimportant second class citizens, whose health protection is less important than other workers. It is unfortunate
that some have said incorrectly that whenever doctors and health experts (as well as private citizens) dare to speak
up and ask for remedial correction of the typical unhealthy smoke pollution and increased disease rates in Casino
workers throughout America, it automatically makes such persons both anti-business and anti-Native American.
There is an unfortunate disconnect between the view that (“smoking is great for business”) as advocated in the past
to be the common Casino Business leader perception in America and current enlightened public social norms. The
new reality in 2008 is that more non-Native Americans as potential tourists and casino patrons are driven away by the
smoke, than attracted by it. Hence most health conscious people don't now go to Casinos because of the smoke.
Most Native Americans regard and recognize the casino air pollution as not the Traditional Native American Way to
allow addictively promoted commercial tobacco to be manufactured, exploited and used. It is a contradiction
compared to the limiting of the tobacco plant use to the traditional sacred ceremonial occasions. Many Native
Americans have come to me to complain about allowing the: “White Man's Commercial Tobacco Smoke” to pollute the
air in our casinos and ”give preventable cancer and breathing problems to our Native American Casino Employees”,
who need jobs to support their families.
The time for corrective action regarding the smoky unhealthy casino workplaces in America has long since passed. I
believe that the Navajos are just the ones with the courage to take the corrective action, as an important component
of their comprehensive Commercial Tobacco Free Project. It will be the right thing for the health and well being of
the Navajo Nation, with spinoff role model impact benefits extending America-Wide as pace setters for others
Leland L. Fairbanks, MD, MPH Family Physician, Indian Health Service 1958-88; President, Arizonans Concerned About
Arizona Native Scene Feb 25, 2008
|Below: From Arizona Native
Scene back-issue dated
02/25/2008. To view entire issue,
click logo to the left or here.
* "ACAS President's 2008 Letter to the Arizona Native Scene editor still inspires 2010 "Smokefree Workplaces" activists." - ACAS Webmaster Rick J
recognized for 100%
smokefree policy at
Win-River Resort and
The casino celebrated its grand re-opening on March 14, 2014.
Since then, it has experienced great business and positive
feedback from employees, players, and the community.
“It’s the best decision we ever made,” said Gary Hayward, General
Manager of the Win-River Resort and Casino in Redding, CA.
“Not only was going smokefree the best for health but it has also
been good for business. We’ve had more new profiles added to
our players club, and community groups like the Soroptimist Club
are bringing their meetings and business to us now that we are
“One hundred percent of tribal membership was in support of
adopting the smokefree policy,” said Jack Potter, Jr., Vice
Chairman of the Redding Rancheria Tribal Council.
“Implementing policies that eliminate commercial tobacco use in
tribally-controlled spaces is an effective way of reducing the
health risks associated with secondhand smoke exposure,” said
Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director of Americans for Nonsmokers’
Rights. “Tribal governments have a unique opportunity to protect
those individuals residing, working, or visiting sovereign tribal
lands. Everyone should have the right to breathe clean air.”
Many casinos have successfully transitioned from smoke-filled to
smokefree spaces, and there are many important lessons to be
shared. Smokefree tribal casinos ensure that gaming jobs are in
an environment that is healthy and free from secondhand
commercial tobacco smoke, and beneficial to all tribal employees,
patrons, and customers.
There are now more than 500 smokefree commercial and tribal
gambling facilities across the U.S. Twenty states, Puerto Rico, and
the U.S. Virgin Islands include non-tribal casinos in smokefree
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, established in 1976, is a
national, member-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to
helping nonsmokers breathe smokefree air in workplaces and
To learn more: SmokefreeCasinos.org/win-river-resort-casino-
Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140514/87384
SOURCE Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
May 14, 2014 - SAN DIEGO, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-
USNewswire/ — Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights presented
Redding Rancheria Tribal leadership and Win-River Resort and
Casino management with Smokefree Business Awards for their
newly remodeled 100% smokefree indoor air facility. The awards
were presented during the annual National Indian Gaming
Association (NIGA) expo held at the San Diego Convention Center
|There, you'll find a database of tobacco-free retailers
across the country. This includes CVS, which last year
became the largest retailer to stop selling tobacco products.
You'll also find tools to help you spread the word and take
action on social media.
Big Tobacco spends $9.6 billion every year marketing its
deadly products, and most of that money goes to
promotions in stores. That means kids are bombarded by
tobacco ads and displays that are often right next to the
Thank You to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
|Back to School shopping season is in full swing!
If you're like us, you're concerned about how you spend your
hard-earned money, and you'd like it to go to businesses that
uphold your values.
That's why we'd like to encourage You to support retailers
that don't sell tobacco products. Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids has created a great resource to help you find them:
|acas / a.c.a.s.
An acronym for Arizonans
Concerned About Smoking
|ACAS stands for "Arizonans
Concerned About Smoking."
ABOUT SMOKING, INC.
|Arizonans Concerned About Smoking, Inc.
|Harrah's New Orleans Casino is Smoke Free
|April 22, 2015 Contact: Smoke-Free Gaming of America Stephanie Steinberg, 303-819-3131
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Smoke-Free Gaming of America is an advocacy organization for gaming employees and patrons in support of
smoke-free casino environments.
Email: Smokefreegamingofamerica@gmail.com www.smokefreegaming.org
New Orleans, LA — Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp., the parent company of Harrah's New
Orleans Casino is smoke free today thanks to a unanimous vote by the city council. Harrah's is promoting
the new smoke-free law on its website:
Casino employees who have endured years of toxic secondhand smoke inhalation can finally breathe
clean air around the clock now that the smoke has cleared.
An asthmatic employee of the casino had previously complained that her inhaler wouldn't last her through
her 8-hour shift. Now that is going to change.
"Casinos should not be in the business of causing their employees to be sick and die from breathing
secondhand smoke," said Stephanie Steinberg, Chairwoman of Smoke-Free Gaming of America.
"Breathing isn't a choice."
Caesars Entertainment Corp. owns several casinos in the U.S. and abroad that are already smoke free.
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