KUNR Health Watch: smoking in casinos

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KUNR Health Watch: smoking in casinos

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Dr. John Packham discusses the politics and public health consequences of cigarettes in casinos.

Over the years, the number of smokers in Nevada has steadily decreased. Now only about 1 out of 5 Nevadans smoke cigarettes. The health risks of secondhand smoke prompted many states to pass indoor smoking bans years ago. Nevada passed its ban in 2006, but one notable exception to that rule is the gaming industry. Public health officials says it's a major problem for the thousands of people who work in these spaces everyday.

For KUNR's Health Watch, Dr. John Packham discusses the politics and public health consequences of cigarettes in casinos.

Packham is director of health policy research at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and chair of the government affairs committee for the Nevada Public Health Association.