In response to the announcement on Wednesday, May 28th, by the sovereign Forest County Potawatomi Tribe that the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino which they operate will remain smokefree, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin issued the following statement:
“The American Lung Association commends the decision by the sovereign Forest County Potawatomi Tribe to keep the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee that they operate smokefree after lifting many other protocols put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many casinos operated by tribal nations in Wisconsin and across the country re-opened smokefree after the first wave of the pandemic, and as these decisions are being reviewed, we encourage other casinos to follow the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino’s lead, protecting their workers and patrons from secondhand smoke.
“Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing or making worse a wide range of health conditions, including lung cancer, heart disease and asthma. It causes over 41,000 deaths per year in the United States. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, no ventilation systems on the market today can completely remove the toxins generated by secondhand smoke.
“According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, nearly 1,100 gaming properties across the country have implemented policies prohibiting smoking indoors. As sovereign nations, casinos operated by tribes in Wisconsin were not included in the state’s 2010 smokefree workplace law but are free to implement policies prohibiting smoking indoors if they choose. We again applaud the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe for making this choice, which will be good for the health of Wisconsinites and good for business.”
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, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.