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April 10, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The pandemic has pushed more than 200 US casinos to go 'smoke free'

The pandemic has pushed more than 200 US casinos to go 'smoke free'
The question remains if these casinos will remain smoke-free when other restrictions ease and more people become vaccinated. 
United States | 03/03/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 200 commercial and tribal casinos are "smoke-free" amid health concerns during the pandemic. It is unclear if they will remain smoke-free when other restrictions ease and more people become vaccinated.

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he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 200 commercial and tribal casinos are "smoke-free" amid health concerns during the pandemic.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, this kind of public health momentum in casinos would not have been possible, Brian King of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health said during the CDC’s weekly partner call.

All casinos in New Jersey, which includes Atlantic City, have adopted smoke-free policies, King said.

“Seeing that implementation of a broad public health policy in this environment at the state level of a major hub for gambling and casinos is very important,” King said. “It’s definitely a public health win and shows an added benefit of not only protecting workers but also patrons.”

The question remains if these casinos will remain smoke-free when other restrictions ease and more people become vaccinated. 

The group Americans for Nonsmoker’s Rights complied a list of smoke-free gaming properties in the U.S. According to the nonprofit, Nevada has eight properties on the list, one of which is on the Las Vegas Strip -- Park MGM.

Nevada's gaming properties include:

  • Fernley Nugget in FernleyWa
  • She Shu Casino in Gardnerville
  • Aces and Ales - Nellis in Las Vegas
  • Aces and Ales - Tenaya in Las Vegas
  • Park MGM in Las Vegas
  • The Sand Dollar Lounge in Las Vegas
  • Gold 'N Silver Inn in Reno
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport Slots in Reno

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