During a time when lung health has never been more important, the American Lung Association is pleased that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has decided to reopen Atlantic City casinos smokefree. The Lung Association urges the casinos to remain smokefree permanently to protect the health of workers and guests, and we will work with the legislature to pass a law to mandate smokefree protections.
Below is a statement from Michael Seilback, National Assistant Vice President, State Public Policy of the American Lung Association in response:
“The American Lung Association applauds the decision of Governor Murphy to protect the health of workers and casino visitors by making Atlantic City casinos smokefree indefinitely. This executive order will protect the health of workers and customers by reducing transmission of COVID-19 via smokers who are not wearing masks. Additionally, the executive order will protect workers and customers from dangerous secondhand smoke and e-cigarette emissions. We urge the State Legislature to pass a smokefree casino law.
“Almost 15 years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect people from exposure. During the COVID-19 epidemic, it is imperative we protect people from secondhand smoke and do everything we can to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.
“Secondhand smoke causes lung disease, lung cancer and heart disease and also worsens existing health conditions including asthma and COPD. Everyone deserves the chance to lead a healthy life, and that means having a safe work environment free from the health harms associated with secondhand smoke.
“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. We applaud Governor Murphy for putting the health of New Jersey’s casino workers, residents and casino patrons first.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.