There is nothing grosser or more despicable than inhaling someone else’s smoky exhale.
Indiana casino workers and non-smoking gamblers inhale air that has 14 times more secondhand smoke than the air outside.
The [Purdue University] study, released by the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air and the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians, comes as the Legislature reconsiders a smoke-free workplace law…
“We don’t want to create classes of workers,” said Patricia Ells, chair of the campaign’s steering committee. “We want them to protect all workers from secondhand smoke.”
Karena Walter, a longtime casino worker, seconds that sentiment. Walter, who declined to identify her employer, said she develops pneumonia twice a year. Her doctor tells her she has the lungs of a 20-year smoker. She has never smoked. “I don’t feel I should have to choose between my job and my health,” said Walter, who spoke at a press conference Tuesday about the study.
Excluding smokers from casinos could have a significant economic impact, said Mike Smith, president of the Casino Association of Indiana. One Evansville casino found that a slot machine in the nonsmoking area averaged about $147.00 a day, compared with $337.00 in the smoking area.
It’s pretty awful Indiana casinos are willing to shortchange the health of their workers 14 times over in order take in a nearly two and a half times increased profit margin over the smoke-free areas.
I guess we now know the price of a human life in Indiana: $190.00.