In response to a news report about Iowa’s largest casino, Prairie Meadows, considering going smokefree, the American Lung Association in Iowa issued the following statement:
“We applaud Prairie Meadows for considering joining the more than 1,000 casinos across the country in ending indoor smoking. Research supports smokefree casinos. They protect the health of employees and patrons; attract new business from casino players who prefer a nonsmoking environment; and don’t rely on ventilation systems that simply don’t clear the air of harmful toxins and secondhand smoke. Moreover, their sales will not be negatively affected. We urge Prairie Meadows and all Iowa casinos to go smokefree and join the wave of smokefree casinos across the nation doing the same.”
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, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.