Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Air quality in Indiana casinos

The Indiana Academy of Family Physicians and researchers from Purdue University, along with partners from the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air released its first ever study of indoor air quality and secondhand smoke exposure in the area casinos. Workers in casinos have significant and harmful levels of exposure to secondhand smoke, despite measures to reduce harm via ventilation systems. Casino workers should not have to choose between their health and a paycheck.
This study is significant in a number of ways. First, casinos are the fifth largest employer in Indiana, employing nearly 16,000 workers. Secondly, these workers are a much greater risk for lung and heart disease and various cancers simply based on their exposure to secondhand smoke. Finally there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and this study shows that casino workers are exposed at deadly rates.

Another interesting fact about casinos and tobacco issues comes from a 17,000 participant Las Vegas gamblers study which showed that four out of five gamblers do not smoke! It's time to clear the air in the casinos of Indiana.

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