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Report: MGM's Potential Maryland Project Would Be Its First Smoke-Free Casino

State Has Law On The Books Banning Smoking In Casinos


If MGM Resorts International wins the right to build a brand new casino in Prince George’s County, Maryland it would be the casino giant’s first smoke-free casino anywhere in the world, according to reporting from The Washington Post.

The state of Maryland, which is in the midst of deciding who will be able to build the state’s sixth casino, already has a ban on smoking inside such facilities. Despite this, MGM still thought the project to be lucrative enough.

MGM is squaring off with Penn National Gaming and Greenwood Racing for the right to build in the county. MGM wants to build the $800 million casino at National Harbor, not far from the nation’s capital.

Anti-smoking advocates would see the development as a victory, especially if MGM wins, since it would mark the first time the firm built a casino without smoking. “We want them to be aware, wherever MGM operates, that MGM employees in Maryland get to enjoy a smoke-free environment,” the advocacy group Smoke-Free Gaming of America told The Post.

Right now, seven states have no smoking restrictions whatsoever. They are Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

MGM was found suitable for a Maryland gaming license last month.

Earlier this year, a bankrupt New Jersey casino, Revel, reversed its smoking ban in order to drum up more business. Revel had to restructure $1.2 billion worth of debt.



4 years ago

This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke:

Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds.

By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News.

Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

“I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study...........................

Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it!

The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered:

Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year.


A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose.

Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh!

OSHA ON SECOND HAND SMOKE.................

According to independent Public and Health Policy Research group, Littlewood & Fennel of Austin, Tx, on the subject of secondhand smoke........

They did the figures for what it takes to meet all of OSHA'S minimum PEL'S on shs/ets.......Did it ever set the debate on fire.

They concluded that:

All this is in a small sealed room 9x20 and must occur in ONE HOUR.

For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes.

"For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes.

"Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.

Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up.

"For Hydroquinone, "only" 1250 cigarettes.

For arsenic 2 million 500,000 smokers at one time.

The same number of cigarettes required for the other so called chemicals in shs/ets will have the same outcomes.

So, OSHA finally makes a statement on shs/ets :

Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)...It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded." -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec'y, OSHA.


4 years ago

Nothing like FAILURE to base your business model on!