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February 27, 2015

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Las Vegas casinos won’t be forced to ban smoking

Geoffrey Hamilton of Alabama, who enjoys gaming in Las Vegas, writes in his Dec. 21 letter to the editor that he will not return to Las Vegas unless smoking is banned in the casinos.

What Mr. Hamilton does not understand is that this will not happen. When it concerns gaming in Nevada, the Legislature passes laws but the laws are made by the casinos.

The casino owners’ concern is not for the health of the gamers but only for the bottom line.

If that were not true, why then is smoking banned only in dining areas? Surely smokers can refrain for the few hours they are in casinos for the benefit of the public.

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  1. The last mecca Las Vegas lets get real. Is going to a casino going to become a trip to the health spa. Lets ban all of the so called bad things like fat food, drinks,deserts,coffee,perfume,pools because of over exposure to the sun and etc. If you want a health spa enviroment go to one and stay out of the other enviroments. I would worry more about guns,autos and crossing the street in Vegas than smoking in casinos. The casinos run a business not a day care school for adults.

  2. Here's one reason the Vice Capital of the World should care; it costs us money. The citizens of Nevada wind up paying the Medicaid bills for the employees sickened by exposure to second hand smoke, while the casino owners pocket the profits.

  3. "The citizens of Nevada wind up paying the Medicaid bills for the employees sickened by exposure to second hand smoke, while the casino owners pocket the profits."

    digger -- without proof, like a link or two, your post has no credibility.

    The secondhand smoke is mostly a hoax perpetrated by government. When challenged in court it didn't hold up, and the EPA report was criticized by the judge for cherry picking its data and having grossly manipulated "scientific procedure and scientific norms" in order to rationalize the agency's own preconceived conclusion that passive smoking caused 3,000 lung cancer deaths a year.

    See "The Second-Hand Smoke Charade" @

  4. Many anti-smoking advocates are short on facts.

    Some of their complaints:

    I hate the smell.
    Well I hate many smells too. A recent non-stop flight I had from New York to Las Vegas had many odors. The obese guy next to me had quite the funk not to mention his labored breathing and encroachment into my space. The old lady behind me that was wearing a full bottle of rank perfume. The baby in front of me that clearly needed a diaper change. The toddler across from me that had motion sickness. The young woman a few seats ahead that had so much hair spray on she should have had a 'flammable' warning flashing on her.

    Medical costs -- I guess many never heard of the more than $2 tax per pack on cigarettes and the 100's of billions Tobacco settlement being paid to the states to cover smoking related medical costs. None of the states use the money for that, in Nevada we smokers fund the millennium scholarship. The sin taxes paid by smokers more than covers any additional smoking related medical costs. How about a sugar tax to cover the obese peoples diabetes costs. How about a red meat tax to cover heart disease. How about a obesity tax to cover the extra costs of accommodating fat people (did you know carrying an extra 100 pounds in your car reduces your MPG 2-5 MPG. That extra demand for gasoline causes extra costs for everyone and expels tons of toxins into the air that I breathe, etc, etc.

    Did you know that a combustion engine expels more toxic exhaust in 1 minute than a smoker expels in a year?

    When smoking was banned in bars serving food, their business decreased 25% on average. Most taverns either stopped serving food or separated food service to get around the laws. Many food service jobs were lost because of this law.

  5. We have became the United States Of The Offended.

  6. digger -- and ...?

    "The anti-smokers are guilty of flagrant scientific fraud ..... for the government to spread lies about phony smoking dangers is terrorism ..."

    CarolT -- good post.

    "CarolT......As a non-smoker, I have a Constitutional right to clean air, in a public place."

    Teamster -- no you don't. The problem with your ilk is your complete failure to recognize others' freedoms involving their private property. Government is not your private bully pulpit and should never be used as your club to force the rest of us into agreement with you

    "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Isaac H Tiffany (1819)