Nevada group pushes for smoke-free casinos

There are growing calls for Vegas to go smoke-free.
There are growing calls for Vegas to go smoke-free.

The group asks for other casinos to follow the example of Park MGM, which is to go smoke-free in response to customer requests.

US.- The Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition (NTPC), a collaboration of public health and private partner bodies, is pushing for all casinos in the state to go smoke-free.

The NTPC is encouraging properties to follow in the footsteps of Park MGM, which decided to implement a no-smoking policy when it reopens this week following its pandemic shutdown.

While the 2006 Nevada Clean Air act bans smoking in most public and indoor places, smoking is still permitted on casino floors.

The NTPC is encouraging a total ban on smoking to protect non-smokers from breathing second-hand smoke.

The organisation said in a statement: “Employees are our businesses’ most valuable resource, and 83.9 per cent of Nevada casino workers report exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace. Nevada and our businesses can do better for these employees by making 100 per cent of indoor workplaces smoke-free.”

The Culinary Union has shown support for the campaign. It said in a tweet: “It’s long overdue for an entirely smoke-free casino in Las Vegas.”