Colorado's Casinos Reach Five-Year Anniversary of Smoke-Free Air!

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- New Year's Day 2013 will mark the five-year anniversary of smoke-free air for patrons and employees of Colorado's 40 casinos located in the cities of Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek.  More than 9,000 people are employed by Colorado's smoke-free casinos.

Casino employees are much happier and healthier since the smoke has cleared and ashtrays have been removed.  Reduced health care costs, fewer sick days and improved employee morale are just some of the benefits of casino workplaces without toxic cigarette and cigar smoke.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) smokers die an average of 14 years sooner had they not smoked.

By not promoting smoking and keeping indoor air uncontaminated from secondhand smoke, the gaming industry and its employees benefit in the short and long run.  Keeping casino customers healthy and not smoking could also result in 14 years of additional gaming revenue per non-smoker gambler. 

Studies have concluded that 80% of gamblers are non smokers and that figure is likely to increase.

Many other gaming states have clean indoor air laws in effect.  See list below.

Smoke-Free Gaming States

(This list includes casinos and other gaming facilities in states not owned by a Native American tribe)













Mississippi - Only the Palace Casino in Biloxi is smoke free (a company policy)



Nevada - Only the Fernley Nugget in Fernley is smoke free (a company policy)

New Jersey - Gaming floors are 75% non smoking

The Revel Casino is smoke free (a company policy)

New York

North Dakota



Pennsylvania - Gaming floors are up to 50% non smoking

South Dakota


West Virginia - Only the counties of Cabell, Calhoun, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, Wood and the City of Parkersburg

The Greenbrier Casino Resort is smoke free (a company policy)

Puerto Rico - U.S. Commonwealth


U.S.-based Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Penn National Gaming, Inc. and other gaming companies continue to invest billions to get casino licensing approval to build and to expand their casino properties in smoke-free states.

Several countries with gaming also have smoke-free air laws.  Most recently, Macau, China where casino revenue has exceeded revenues on The Strip in Nevada, will require gaming floors to be 50% non smoking beginning Jan. 1, 2013.  Las Vegas-based casino companies such as the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts have casino properties in Macau.

According to the CDC, secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer.

  • For nonsmokers, breathing secondhand smoke can increase the risk for heart attack. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their heart disease risk by 25–30%.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes an estimated 3,400 lung cancer deaths annually among adult nonsmokers in the United States.

Smoke-Free Gaming of America is a non-profit advocacy organization for gaming employees and patrons in support of smoke-free casino environments. We provide outreach and education on the health impacts of secondhand smoke exposure.



Media Contact: Stephanie Steinberg, Smoke-Free Gaming of America, +1-303-819-3131,

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