Smokefree Casinos Are Good For Health and Good For Business
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing today as your constituent and a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) to express my incredible disappointment that the legislature plans on ending the prohibition of smoking inside casinos when it terminates the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Returning New Jersey casinos back to smoke-filled rooms defies science, ignores facts, and needlessly endangers the health and lives of thousands of casino workers and patrons. While COVID-19 rates may be declining in New Jersey, the virus is still a threat. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), being a current or former smoker increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The connection between smoking and severe illness from COVID-19 is why smokers were given early access to the COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey. Since July 2020 more than 22,000 casino employees and millions of casino patrons in New Jersey have been able to breathe fresh air while working at and enjoying New Jersey's casinos. Meanwhile, according to the American Gaming Association, casino gaming revenues in New Jersey are up 30% in Q1 2021 over 2019 and up 32% over Q1 2020.
Smokefree casinos are not only good for public health but good for business. COVID-19 changed the way we live and work. This is not the time for us to go backwards on health if we want to attract new casino patrons while protecting the health of casino workers. The New Jersey legislature and Governor Murphy must keep in place the emergency prohibition on smoking indoors in casinos and make them permanently smokefree by enacting A4541/S1878.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]