Inquirer Letters Extra: Revel policy's foul smell

Inquirer Editorial Board

Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013, 1:35 PM

People on the casino floor at Revel in Atlantic City. ( ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer )

Secondhand tobacco smoke kills more than 50,000 Americans every year. Prolonged exposure can lead to respiratory problems, as well as serious illnesses like heart disease and cancer. For workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that occupational exposure to secondhand smoke increased workers' risk of lung cancer and other diseases, and recommends that all workers be protected from secondhand smoke.

Nobody should be forced to risk their health - or their life - because they're trying to earn an honest wage. It is clear smoke-free casino policies do not hurt gaming. In 2012, New York's smoke-free Resorts World Racino was the nation's leader in slot revenue, taking in $57.5 million during May alone. Revel should overturn its policy and find an ethical way to dig itself out of this financial hole.

Ethan Hasbrouck, New Jersey state advocacy director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Trenton

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