"Let's end casino's smoking exemption"
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With your generous support, we are able to blaze new trails into areas where others fear to tread.
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|"Arizona’s statewide smoking ban decreased hospital
admissions for AMI, stroke, asthma, and angina."
|Hospital Admissions for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Angina,
Stroke, and Asthma After Implementation of Arizona’s
Comprehensive Statewide Smoking Ban
Objectives. We examined the impact of Arizona’s May 2007 comprehensive statewide smoking ban on
hospital admissions for diagnoses for which there is evidence of a causal relationship with secondhand
smoke (SHS) exposure (acute myocardial infarction [AMI], angina, stroke, and asthma).
Methods. We compared monthly hospital admissions from January 2004 through May 2008 for these primary
diagnoses and 4 diagnoses not associated with SHS (appendicitis, kidney stones, acute cholecystitis, and
ulcers) for Arizona counties with preexisting county or municipal smoking bans and counties with no
previous bans. We attributed reductions in admissions to the statewide ban if they occurred only in
diagnoses associated with SHS and if they were larger in counties with no previous bans. We analyzed the
data with Poisson regressions, controlling for seasonality and admissions trends. We also estimated cost
Results. Statistically significant reductions in hospital admissions were seen for AMI, angina, stroke, and
asthma in counties with no previous bans over what was seen in counties with previous bans. No ban
variable coefficients were statistically significant for diagnoses not associated with SHS.
Conclusions. Arizona’s statewide smoking ban decreased hospital admissions for AMI, stroke, asthma, and
08/08/13 - Outdoor smoking bans on upswing across U.S.
including input from ACAS President Dr Leland Fairbanks
USA / world news
07/29/13 - 'Legislature was smart to make (LA) campuses
smoke-free: Letter' - Currently, Louisiana is ranked at 49th out of
50 states for the worst overall state health... More here
05/25/13 - Kids Exposed to 2nd-hand Smoke More
Likely to be Agressive - ACAS - Secondhand Smoke Kills!
04/08/13- Editorial/Video: Renters deserve relief from smoking -
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06/08/13 ACAS participates in STAND State-Wide Conference at the Wigwam Resort
ACAS was honored to be invited to the Arizona State-wide STAND (Students Taking a New Direction) Conference held at the Wigwam
Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona on June 07-09, 2013.
Albert Ortiz, ACAS Trustee, was featured for his 'No Smoking' Art Pieces (see above), and honored during the Luncheon on Saturday,
Albert was involved with the STAND 'Art of Resistance' Project held over the last few months. Three Arizona High Schools were
visited and Albert's Artwork was exhibited and used as inspiration for the Art Students at Centennial High School in Peoria, Cibola
High School in Yuma and Kingman Academy of Learning High School in Kingman, AZ.
Art students at these three Arizona High Schools submitted their own 'The Art of Resistance' pieces (see below) and competed for a
$200 certificate for Art supplies. Jessinia Delgado, from Centennial High School, in Peoria, AZ won the 'Art of Resistance' Art
competition with her piece titled 'Gas Chamber', which notes a pregnant mother smoking while her baby wears a gas mask.
Jessinia's piece received the most votes through the STAND web-site and clearly shows the danger of smoking while pregnant.
At the STAND Conference which was sponsored by the Arizona State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease
and Riester, STAND participants were taught new ways that tobacco companies market to Youth with such products as Orbs, Strips
and Sticks, a new dissolvable, smokeless product. These products are marketed to attract Kids to Tobacco Use and addiction.
More information about these dangerous new products can be noted on the Tobbaco Free Kids website:
American Lung Association's
Position on Marijuana Smoke:
|If you are concerned about the dangers of secondhand smoke and would be interested in obtaining a complimentary
copy of Lynn Hand's powerful book please contact the ACAS office for details (see the 'Contact Us' web page.)
Marijuana smoke contains a greater amount of carcinogens than tobacco smoke. In addition, marijuana users usually inhale more
deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers do, further increasing the lung's exposure to carcinogenic smoke.
Marijuana use is not only associated with adverse physical effects, but also mental, emotional and behavioral changes.
People who smoke marijuana frequently, but do not smoke tobacco, have more health problems and miss more days of work than
nonsmokers. Many of these extra sick days are due to respiratory illnesses.
Patients considering using marijuana for medicinal purposes should make this decision in consultation with their doctor, and consider
means of administration other than smoking (i.e., FDA recommended marinol (Dronabinol), which is synthetic THC).
A Special Thank You from Arizonans Concerned About Smoking to
the "Most Talented Art Students" at CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL in
Peoria, CIBOLA HIGH SCHOOL in Yuma and KINGMAN ACADEMY
Of HIGHER LEARNING HIGH SCHOOL in Kingman, AZ! Thank you
for your submissions.
Reservations accepted by:
-- or --
Artist Albert Ortiz:
Note: No outdoor shows during summer months.
|'No Smoking Art'
Paintings help promote a
the Phoenix area at such venues as:
- Area High Schools
- Native American Connections
- Community Health Fairs
- 'Addiction Incorporated' Workshop
This sponsored by the Arizona Department of Health
Services, Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease
Would you like to increase interest in your health
event while doubling it's effectiveness? Mr. Ortiz
will display his over 25 dramatic and unforgettable
paintings at your gathering, free of charge.
Later this fall, public health advocates will celebrate the seventh
anniversary of the passage of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.
Approved by a solid majority of voters in 2006, the act remains
one of the most popular and influential public health measures in
The act currently prohibits smoking in any form in most indoor places of
employment and all government buildings and public places. There are,
however, noteworthy exemptions to the act. In particular, the
gaming industry’s nicotine-stained fingerprints remain on the act’
s provisions permitting smoking in casino gaming areas.
Consequently, most of the 170,000 Nevadans employed by casinos
continue to be exposed to second-hand smoke simply by showing up to
work. As there is NO SAFE LEVEL OF EXPOSURE TO 2ND HAND
SMOKE, exemption from the indoor smoking ban puts casino workers,
not to mention casino patrons, at greater risk of diseases caused by
A new report published in the American Heart Association journal
Circulation highlights the price we pay for exemptions to smoking bans. It
adds to a growing body of research documenting the health benefits of
workplace bans on smoking: These measures reduce exposure to
secondhand smoke, encourage smokers to quit and youngsters to never
take up the habit, improve worker health and reduce hospital admissions.
Funded by the National Cancer Institute, this study is the first of its kind
to link a reduction in medical emergencies to a smoke-free law for
casinos. Researchers focused on the number of ambulance calls in
Gilpin County, Colo., a tourist destination with 26 casinos.
Smoking was banned from public locations 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.
“The message to policymakers is clear: stop granting casino
exemptions,” said lead author Dr. Stanton Glantz from the University of
California, San Francisco. “They lead to a substantial number of people
being sent to the hospital, often at taxpayer expense, something that is
|John Packham: Director of health policy research at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Past President of the Nevada Public Health Association;
|The message for Nevada is clear: It’s time to end big
gaming’s exemption from the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act.
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A tragic personal example of asbestos/tobacco smoke pollution exposure synergism:
The Honorable Dennis Cahill, long time former member, Tempe City Council, now has the synergistic multiplier breathing difficulty impact of incapacitating Lung Cancer and Pleural
Mesothelioma. He was a bricklayer by profession with asbestos exposure at building sites, plus was widely exposed to breathing everyone else's Tobacco Smoke pollution at both his
work and at smoky meeting rooms and restaurants in the days before the 2002 Tempe Healthy Smoke-Free Workplaces Voter Initiative. The Tempe Healthy Smoke-Free Workplace
Initiative was passed by the people of Tempe in May 2002, because Dennis Cahill as a Tempe City Council member was the only one in late 2001, out of the 7 members willing to
even consider a Smoke Free law to protect all workers from workplace smoke pollution hazards by City Council action. The other 6 members did not dare show public support at their
City Council meeting for even allowing discussion on their agenda for an ordinance to protect workers from smoke pollution exposure health risks. The other 6 members , except
Dennis Cahill were actually also privately somewhat cautiously personally supportive, but did not dare say so publicly. They had been intimidated into inaction and public silence, when
threatened by some dissident bar owners, to have them all voted out by recall elections, if they dared vote for creating Smoke-Free workplaces, including protecting bar employees
from workplace Smoke pollution.
The result of this City Council refusal to offer worker help publicly, except for Dennis Cahill:
The rest of the story is well known. I as the "old country doctor grandpa," (with encouragement from others of Arizonans Concerned About Smoking), though turned down by the
Tempe City Council public meeting, went to the Tempe City Clerk's Office the very next day in late 2001. I immediately filled out the necessary paper work for an initiative voter action
and we promptly started gathering the necessary 10,000 valid voter signatures at public gathering places. Examples for signature gathering were in front of the libraries, in parking lots
before high school and College sporting events, at Pow Wows, outdoors after Church at several Churches, outside of a few friendly businesses, outside of Tempe health clinics and
the Tempe Hospital, at many community 5-K distance runs & health walks, walking among spectators along parade routes, in front of Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing
and the ASU Student Health Center, Just walking in neighborhoods knocking on doors was also useful.
We required no paid circulators of the initiative petitions. Unpaid volunteers gathered enough valid registered voter signatures within the time period allowed for the Tempe
Voter Initiative to qualify to get on the ballot for the following May 2002 regular Tempe Election. (hence no extra cost to us was required for a special election). Despite being called
"Health tyrants" plus some worse names and predictions of embarrassing defeat by many critics, with strong paid opposition from both the liquor and tobacco industries, we readily
gathered the necessary 10,000 valid signatures within the time period allowed. It was then voted into law by the people of Tempe despite Tobacco company and Arizona Licensed
Beverage Association opposition in the May 2002 regular scheduled election. (The people were allowed to make the decision, despite loud angry organized opposition when the City
Council Officials refused to act.)
Another example of synergism pollution exposure: tobacco smoke pollution & Uranium dust:
Smoke exposure and uranium exposure synergism multiplier effect causing increased Lung Cancer is anther synergism example. This gives me personal sad recollections of the
Navajo Reservation lung cancer patients seen in the 1960's. As a Family Physician at PHS Indian Hospital, Shiprock, New Mexico, Lung cancer had previously been seen very rarely
among Native American patients who hadn't by tradition smoked commercial tobacco in their long prior history. Neither lung cancer nor heart attacks had been seen as a major
problem in the pre-commercial tobacco smoking Native American cultures. For the first time with Uranium miners, in the Navajo Nation, we physicians with the Indian Health Service
were beginning to see lung cancer as a new major problem in Native American patients. It was clearly associated with Uranium mining air pollution inhalation exposure. In addition
there was synergistic multiplier added risk for those who also smoked tobacco. Fortunately in those days, before the days of the Indian casinos and the resultant new permissive
casino smoking culture changes and permissive attitude changes of today, there were then still relatively few American Indian addicted tobacco smokers. The few emerging exceptions
were among those Native Americans serving the USA in the military services in WW-II who had learned to smoke cigarettes while serving in the military service as an unfortunate result
of the widespread smoking culture actually promoting smoking in the military services and had returned home as new tobacco smoking addicts with the resultant tobacco related
diseases now so prevalent among Military Veterans. Except for this new problem post-war with the new Military Veteran smoking addicts, there had been very few Native Americans
previously addicted to commercial tobacco, and consequently very rare previous cases of either Lung Cancer or Heart attacks seen in Native Americans.
The Age-old Universe Laws of Science, Physics and Chemistry, can not be discounted.
Air pollution Chemicals Diffuse rapidly and thoroughly in Secondhand Smoke:
No one smokes alone! Smoking promotes sharing! Everyone shares the smoke!
All exposed neighbors in shared space, breathe & share the chemicals together !
|"Nathan Moose suffers the effects of secondhand smoke."
Another video by the late "Nathan Moose" here.
This addition of the Mesothelioma Center to our "Arizonans Concerned About Smoking" website, sounds very reasonable
and appropriate. It is the multiplier combination of asbestos exposure and tobacco smoke together that has a tremendous
synergistic negative disease multiplier impact. (Asbestos and tobacco smoke has been reported as having 69 times the
additive synergistic damage impact of tobacco exposure alone). The damage together goes well beyond the individual
impacts of either tobacco smoke alone or asbestos exposure by themselves. ACAS President, Dr. Lee Fairbanks
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