Letters Extra: Clear casino smoke

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Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:15 PM

Revel Casino Hotel was smoke-free when it opened, but reverted as it ran into financial problems. FILE

I am delighted that State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) and State Rep. Mario Scavello (R., Monroe) have proposed eliminating the ludicrous exemption in the Clean Indoor Act of 2008 that permits smoking throughout as much as 50 percent of casino gambling floors.

A reasonable person knows this rule is a farce, as smoke filters throughout an entire casino. While I value my hard-earned money too much to gamble it, I visit and enjoy casino restaurants. Without exception, the diner must travel through smoke-filled areas to reach his table. As miserable as it is for me and other nonsmoking customers, it is much worse for the hapless casino employee who must choose between a good job or protecting their health; that is a choice which no one should have to make.

Twenty enlightened states, including neighboring Ohio, ban smoking at their gambling casinos.

Oren M. Spiegler, Upper St. Clair

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