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Leading Cancer Group Applauds Park MGM for Reopening Smoke-free Today
Casino is First on the Strip to Protect Workers and Patrons from Dangers of Secondhand Smoke Exposure
LAS VEGAS – Today, the Park MGM reopened as a smoke-free establishment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the first time a casino will be smoke-free on the Strip. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) applauds the casino’s decision to protect the health of workers and patrons.
ACS CAN released the following statement from Kimberly Rogers, ACS CAN Nevada grassroots manager:
"This is incredible news for the health and safety of Park MGM’s workers, customers and the public. It sets a huge precedent for the rest of the Strip and Nevada’s gaming industry.
"The science is clear: There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The only effective way to fully protect nonsmokers from exposure to secondhand smoke is to eliminate smoking including the use of e-cigarettes in all indoor areas without exceptions. No one should have to choose between their health and a paycheck. Unfortunately, casino workers have long been exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace, putting them at greater risk for developing lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.
"As a smoke-free casino, the Park MGM will help improve the health of workers and patrons, as well as improve their overall bottom line. Smoke-free casinos attract diverse clientele and are popular. In fact, 75% of regular casino goers want smoke-free casinos. Casinos that have gone smoke-free also see reductions in cleaning and health insurance costs.
"During a time when we’re all seeking experiences that don’t jeopardize our health, it’s vital to protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves to breathe smoke-free air, and ACS CAN will continue working to ensure all casinos in Nevada are smoke-free."
About ACS CAN
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.