Far too many Pennsylvanians are exposed to secondhand smoke at work and in public places. According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, over 18,000 people work in the Commonwealth’s casinos, which are smoke-filled because they are exempt from the clean indoor air law. Non-smokers who work at casinos are daily exposed to a mixture of 7,000 chemicals, hundreds or which are toxic and at least 70 that can cause cancer.
House Bill 1309 and Senate Bill 519 will strengthen the state smoke-free law and level the playing field between business, employees and customers. There are at least 780 smoke-free gaming venues nationwide. Smoke-free laws and a healthy bottom line are not at odds.
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