Today, the American Lung Association issued a statement regarding the announcement of an Indiana casino’s decision to open smokefree.
“We applaud Spectacle Jack and Hard Rock International for deciding to open the new Rocksino in Terre Haute in compliance with the city’s smokefree air law by prohibiting smoking indoors, making it Indiana’s first casino to open smokefree on day one. We also encourage the casino leadership to consider such a policy for the Hard Rock Northern Indiana facility currently under construction in Gary, Indiana.
The announcement follows a recent public opinion survey by the American Lung Association which found strong public support for smokefree casinos among Indiana voters. The survey found 65% of voters support prohibiting smoking in casinos; 79% of voters said casino workers should not have to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work; 59% of voters said smokefree casinos were more likely to attract new customers.
“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. In addition to protecting the public from secondhand smoke, a smokefree casino protects the health of workers and customers by reducing transmission of COVID-19 via smokers who are not wearing masks. 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 cancer and heart disease and 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.
The American Lung Association will continue to advocate for strong smokefree laws and policies. We strongly urge other casinos in Indiana to adopt a similar smokefree policy for the health and safety of casino workers and patrons alike.”
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 Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.