Tuesday, August 6, 2013

No-smoking law in Colorado casinos led to fewer ambulance calls

When smoking was banned from casinos in Colorado, ambulance calls to casinos in Gilpin County dropped about 20 percent, according to research reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

The drop in calls from casinos was similar to drops in ambulance calls from elsewhere two years earlier when Colorado banned smoking everywhere but casinos.
No-smoking laws in Colorado led to a drop in the number of ambulance calls to public locations in Gilpin County, but not to casinos, which were exempt.

When no-smoking laws were extended to casinos, ambulance calls to casinos dropped.
Researchers say the smoking ban in casinos limited second-hand smoke exposure to nonsmokers and may have encouraged some smokers to quit.


American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown calls on more states and cities to pass strong smoke-free laws that include casinos.

For this study, the first to examine the health impact of smoking bans in casinos, researchers focused on the number of ambulance calls in Gilpin County, Colorado, a tourist destination with 26 casinos – the largest concentration in the state.

Smoking was banned from public locations, including workplaces, restaurants and bars in Colorado in 2006, and ambulance calls to those locations went down 22.8 percent. Casinos, however, were exempt from the ban and their ambulance calls remained about the same.

Then, in 2008, smoking was extinguished at the casinos, too, and ambulance calls there dropped by 19.1 percent, while there was no further change at the other facilities.

For more information to to the American Heart Association news release or directly to the study in the journal CirculationChanges in Ambulance Calls After Implementation of a Smoke-Free Law and Its Extension to Casinos

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