NJ: Casino Workers Fighting for the Air They Breathe

Source: In These Times
by Kim Kelly

“Rome burned to the ground almost 2,000 years ago, but Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, N.J.,is still smoking. The sprawling casino, hotel and entertainment complex is a holdover from the city’s mid-century glory days, where a visitor can still slurp down a shrimp cocktail and gamble to their heart’s content — and in some parts of the casino, light up a cigarette or a stogie and chain smoke the night away. When New Jersey passed its Smoke-Free Air Act in 2006, casinos were a notable exemption. Now, Atlantic City’s casino workers, with help from the United Auto Workers, are fighting to close the loophole and clean up the air in their workplaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure’, and even brief exposure can cause immediate harm to the respiratory and inflammatory systems.” (05/15/24)