Smoking Bans in Casinos Essay

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Elizabeth Madej Professor Dean Winther English 102 30 November 2012 Smoking Bans in Casinos Las Vegas is often referred to as “Sin City”. People come here from all over the world to gamble, party, and enjoy the nightlife this city has to offer. Vacationers expect a crazy trip where “sinning” is the norm. Vegas is a place where you can get away from rules and laws, and many think they should be able to drink and smoke to their heart’s content. But recently, Vegas passed laws banning smoking in restaurants and taverns. These bans were quickly lifted in gaming taverns with the new rule that all guests had to be at least 21 to enter. Casinos remain exempt from smoking bans in the majority of gaming areas. Many argue that Vegas…show more content…
This is the only way to protect the workers, and everyone deserves to work in an environment that won’t make them sick or kill them. Some think the solution lies in the fancy ventilation systems used by newer casinos. These systems may help minimize the odor, but according to, these systems do not reduce the health hazards. The U.S. Surgeon General determined that there is no ‘risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.’ Separating smokers from nonsmokers, installing smoking rooms, or even sophisticated air cleaning technologies cannot eliminate the health hazards of secondhand smoke exposure nor remove all the poisons, toxins, gases, and particles found in secondhand smoke. Additionally, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems can distribute secondhand smoke throughout a building (Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights). If this is true, then even the non-smoking restaurants and movie theaters in casinos are dangerous to you and your children. Walking through the smoke is hazardous to your health, as well as patronizing the businesses within the smoke-filled casino. And in a city like Las Vegas, it is very common to have the best movie theaters, bowling alleys, and restaurants right around the corner at your local smoky casino. The smoke is bad for adults, but even worse for the children. After asking many people, including patrons, bartenders, and dealers, what they
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