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Casinos and Secondhand Smoke

Results of new research conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH on secondhand smoke—the exposure of non-smokers to tobacco smoke—confirm that dealers at the casinos investigated were exposed to secondhand smoke. The geometric means were 8. Comments listed below are posted by individuals not associated with CDC, unless otherwise stated. Now that the NIOSH report is out, Smoke-Free Gaming is working aggressively to get more casino employees and casino patrons gamblers on board to get casinos smoke free. I do not smoke with every breath I take, nor through my nose and eyes. Casino dealers had more respiratory symptoms than the administrative and engineering employees, but differences were not statistically significant. We have been told we cannot fan the smoke away from us even though there are players that blatantly blow it in our face and violations can result in written documentation or termination. Casino dealers were found to have increasing levels of NNAL in their urine over an 8-hour work shift showing that the cigarette smoke and a carcinogen are being taken up into their bodies. But when I smoke, I do so when I choose to do so. My wife and I went to the name removed casino in Conn 6 weeks ago. We would like to emphasize that the only way to eliminate the health hazards associated with secondhand smoke exposures from indoor environments is to ban smoking. It should be illegal to smoke inside any building and the casinos should be held liable for any and all possible future ailments relating to the environment we are forced to work in. Current Intelligence Bulletins CIBs are issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to disseminate new scientific information about occupational hazards, draw attention to a formerly unrecognized hazard, report new data on a known hazard, or disseminate information on hazard control. I have been a casino dealer for over 30 years. From that experience, I developed Chronic Bronchitis, and saw my doctor three times for medication, nebulizer and other lung help. So far, so good. Why is it taken so long for the EPA to do something about it??? I am appalled at the smoking situation, and can only compare it to asbestos. One actually had three people come and pat her belly, then all three lit up right in her face. Fans, can change the atmosphere of the whole casino. I face the same dilemna. PBZ concentrations for formaldehyde ranged from 2. We enjoy gambling there. Studies have shown that even low levels of secondhand smoke exposure can be harmful. The respiratory problems are off the chart! Do you have any results for formaldehyde concentrations in the smoking area? I have worked as a dealer in one of the casinos tested for almost 30 years. If so, can you provide them, or a range? The smoke is one of the worst parts of the job to endure. We have this being used to provide a focused ultraclean air zone over surgical procedures to dramatically reduce infections. Obviously, the best solution is non-smoking. I have approached the head of human resources, several times to have him install table fans he bragged that he put them in at [another] Casino Last time I talked to him he said that there was no interest in the fans. I would like to quit smoking, but every day when I go into work my employer forces me to smoke throughout my shift. With this report and the employees getting fed up — I can see many lawsuits coming! We never heard back from them but this very inexpensive device could be employed to significantly reduce the secondhand smoke by pressurizing the space and creating more ultra-clean air changes per hour. Casinos seem to be special parties and receive mindless exemptions from the smoking bans. Because casino management is known to fire them at will! Its like a slow death in there.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} In the introductory post for this blog topic, Lt. I have only worked in the casino for 2 years, and as a non-smoker have started experiences symptoms of a smoker. I am an asthmatic, have been all my life. Interest, from who? This last time we went,in order to pick up your car when you leave there, you have to go through a large smoking room. NIOSH also conducted air sampling which found that components of secondhand smoke were present in the air of the three casinos. The almighty dollar! I admit, I am a smoker. I know of over 50 people that have worked with me that have contracted cancer—most died! I also smoked for a lengthy period of time, quit in when I became a dealer at [name removed]. I applaud your efforts to inform the public of these hazards we endure. They are the ones who complained about the smoke and that is why the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour, etc. I refuse to go through that nightmare again. As much as I love the casinos, I am deathly afraid of returning to one. All the while the casinos turn a blind eye and continue to pass out free tobacco products to the customers who are smoking less than 3 feet from my breathing space and blowing their smoke in my face. I hope it will bring about changes in the future. Secondhand smoke, also called environmental tobacco smoke, is a combination of smoke given off by the burning end of a tobacco product and the smoke exhaled by the smoker. Folks must think cocktail waitresses and their unborn are of a different class…….. Secondhand smoke is made up of approximately 4, chemicals, of which about 40 are known to cause cancers. After working for more than two decades in a well known casino, [name removed] found that he had become stricken with lung cancer despite never having smoked tobacco products. Today, I have serious bronchial asthma which I take 3 different medications for and miss work due to the smoke irritating my throat and lungs. Why is my health less important than everyone else in this country? I was disabled with this Chronic Bronchitis for 6 weeks and am just starting to feel normal. I have a spot on my lung which I get checked every year to determine whether there is any growth. We at [company name removed] were contacted by a casino group asking whether we could alleviate the second hand smoke in their gambling areas and other adjacent indoor facilities some time ago. We hope the NIOSH report will be a tool for legal pursuits, more no-smoking policies and more clean indoor air laws. By the time I got to the end, exit where the cars are, I was breathless, couldnt breath. Professional gamblers are mostly non smokers. The only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure is to completely eliminate smoking in indoor spaces. I was in Vegas recently and talked to a head bartender who had to have two of her waitresses quit recently. In addition to scientifically confirming secondhand smoke exposure among the casino dealers, the results of this research also provide additional support for the use of NNAL as a marker of secondhand smoke exposure and will aid other researchers in future studies. Were there specific steps taken that seemed to make the transition to a smoke-free environment easier? Employees were selected to participate in the study if they reported that they did not use any tobacco products, did not live with someone who smokes inside their home, or were not exposed to secondhand smoke in any setting other than their job at the casino. JOEM I have been a casino dealer for over 20 years now and have watched as many of my non-smoking friends have died from cancer. There are even more who have not died, but have been treated for various cancers. I nearly died walking through this room, must have taken me 3 or 4 minutes. I constantly have teary eyes, headaches, and even get a cough from the smoke I am forced to deal with at work. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Simply working in a casino does not mean dealers must gamble with their health. When I started, I ran min-marathons and was an active athlete. This is like an alcoholic who wants to stop drinking, but their employer forces them to consume alcohol all day at work. There is nothing lucky about developing a respiratory illness, lung cancer, or heart disease—especially if you are a healthy nonsmoker. Any exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, other respiratory diseases, and heart disease. We have learned that the health of the employees, whose health is gravely compromised from breathing secondhand smoke air pollution is of little or no concern to their employer. Asbestos is one of these and regulating it was delegated to the Department. I have a chronic cough. BUT, casinos listen to their customers so that is why we are doing all we can to get the gamblers who hate the smoke to join in our efforts. A properly trained and conscientious firefighter would never think of entering into a similar smoke-filled environment without airway protection. Guess what? For comparison, a group of administrative and engineering staff who were not exposed to secondhand smoke at their casino job were included in the study. Can you imagine the savings in health care? We all deserve the right to breath clean air. It is the only horrible part of the job breathing in second hand smoke which is usually blown directly into the dealers face by disgruntled players. NIOSH would like to hear from you. If your workplace has gone smoke-free, please tell us about the transition. We stay in the so called no smoking room to gamble. These comments do not represent the official views of CDC, and CDC does not guarantee that any information posted by individuals on this site is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. In my opinion, they should not allow smoking in any of those casinos. There are chip racks with fans available but management has not seen fit to even get those for us, much less the fans mentioned in the first post on this blog. How do they quit? We usually go twice a year.