Close the casino loophole today
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing today as your constituent and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) to ask you to stand up for the health of New Jersey residents by passing A4541/S1878. April 15th marks the 15th anniversary of the historic New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act (SFAA).
The SFAA protects most of New Jersey's workforce and applies to almost all workplaces, with one glaring exception, casinos. More than 22,000 casino employees in New Jersey are still exposed to the dangers of secondhand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke has more than 7,000 chemicals, including at least 70 that can cause cancer. We must protect the health of all casino employees and patrons by prohibiting smoking including the use of e-cigarettes.When casinos reopened in July 2020, cigarette and e-cigarette use was not allowed indoors. This is a small victory, but it is temporary. Now is the perfect time to enact legislation to make casinos smoke-free and ensure their employees continue to have the same protections as other workers in our state.
As we celebrate this momentous 15th anniversary, we urge you to support A4541/S1878 to protect all New Jersey workers from the very real dangers of secondhand smoke by closing the loophole and making our casinos smoke-free. No one should have to choose between their job and their health.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]