Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is a serious public health problem, and there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.  Everyone has the right to breathe smokefree air in the home, in the workplace and in the community.  Iowa's Smokefree Air Act is one of the most cost-effective public health measures that money can buy.  Click here to review Iowa's history in addressing the impact of secondhand smoke. 

Unfortunately, this law fails to protect Iowa's casino workers.

Speak up to #changetheodds and close the casino loophole.  No one should have to choose between their health and a good job.

To get the facts on secondhand smoke and learn the science and policy needed to protect Iowans from this health hazard, click here

The Facts

  • Secondhand smoke and unsafe levels of smoke-related pollutants have been found throughout the entire casino gaming area, suggesting that casino patrons as well as other casino employees (e.g., servers, cashiers, security personnel) may incur the same level of secondhand smoke exposure as dealers and supervisors.1 

  • A study examining levels of secondhand smoke in 21 Nevada casinos with non-smoking restaurants adjacent to gaming areas where smoking was allowed found that the non-smoking areas still had an average of 60 percent of the amount of secondhand smoke as the areas where smoking was allowed.2

  • Ventilation does not solve the problem. Click here to learn more.
To learn more visit

1 Babb S, et al. (2014). Secondhand smoke and smoking restrictions in casinos: a review of the evidence. Tob Control. Available online at 

2  Repace JL, Jiang RT, Acevedo-Bolton V, et al. (2011). Fine particle air pollution and secondhand smoke exposures and risks inside 66 US casinos. Environmental Res; 111(4): 473-84.

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