Keep Our Casinos Smokefree
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 keeping New Jersey casinos smoke-free.
For fifteen years the more than 22,000 casino employees in New Jersey were some of, if not the only, workers in New Jersey still exposed to the dangers of secondhand smoke each day at their workplace. That is until you took a stand for their health and prohibited smoking in casinos as part of your COVID-19 emergency order in July 2020. The facts behind that decision are clear. There simply is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and being a current or former cigarette smoker increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.For nearly a year, casino workers and patrons have been breathing fresh air while working in and gaming at New Jersey's many casinos. Meanwhile, New Jersey casinos are thriving even with the continued prohibition of smoking. According to the American Gaming Association, the first quarter of 2021 casino revenue in New Jersey is up 30% over the same time in 2019 and 32% over 2020. The facts are undeniable. Prohibiting smoking in casinos is both good for business and good for public health.
As the COVID-19 crisis begins to slow and you consider removing restrictions on the public and on businesses, we urge you to not go backward on public health. I ask that you keep in place the emergency prohibition on smoking indoors in casinos and work with the Legislature to make them permanently smoke-free by supporting A4541/S1878.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]