Don’t Play Games with Secondhand Smoke

Don’t Play Games with Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke, also known as passive smoking and Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), has been a cause for concern for decades. Since the first major epidemiologic studies of secondhand smoke and lung cancer in 1981, the American public has been made aware of the many dangers associated with passive smoking such as lung cancer, heart disease and even death. In fact, according to a new study by the National Institute of Health (NIH), secondhand smoke not only can result in disease after long-term exposure, but has an immediate direct and measurable impact on brain function similar to that of the person who is smoking. Such a medical fact further highlights the importance of limiting exposure to smoke in enclosed spaces, such as that of a casino.

In a study published in the journal Environmental Research by scientists from Stanford and Tufts Universities, each year 50 million nonsmoking casino patrons and 400,000 nonsmoking casino workers are exposed to the dangers of secondhand smoke. The study reveals that a mere two hours of exposure to the average smoker-friendly casino environment is enough to impair the heart’s ability to pump blood, running the risk of developing heart disease. In the report, the experts from Stanford and Tufts examined smoke and pollution levels within 66 smoker-friendly casinos across the United States, finding that 90 percent of these facilities’ breathing environments’ pollution levels exceeded the World Health Organization’s (WHO) standard for fine particulate matter, and today, many casino owners are paying the price.

Over the past decade, a multitude of casino employees have sued their former employers, citing the presence of second-hand smoke within their working environment as the cause of life-threatening illness. As a result, many of these casinos have been forced to pay millions of dollars in settlements as they are found accountable for the safety of their indoor breathing environment – or rather lack thereof.

To help casinos across the nation create an environment that is not only comfortable, but safe for non-smoking employees and customers, Plasma Air has developed a cutting-edge air purification system designed to perform alongside existing HVAC infrastructure to attack pollutants caused by secondhand smoke. The resulting environment is one of substantially reduced levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), particulates and unpleasant odors. Unlike many other air purification products that use harmful ozone as their primary agent, or employ chemical fragrances to mask tobacco odors, Plasma Air’s safe and proven bipolar ionization technology reduces harmful pollutants at the molecular level, providing an effective and cost-efficient solution for the reduction of secondhand smoke.

With an extensive line of products, Plasma Air can build a solution to suit any gaming application. Our products are available in both self-contained standalone units and models that are installed either in the supply air ductwork or directly into air handling units, and can scale to an application of any size.

Across the U.S., smoker-friendly casinos have trusted Plasma Air systems to enhance their indoor air quality, resulting in safer and more comfortable breathing environment for both patrons and employees. Some of these casinos include Tortoise Rock Casino in Palm Springs, California, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR) in upstate New York, and Lucky Dog Casino in Washington state.

If you would like to learn more about how the Plasma Air system can help your casino stop gambling with the dangers of secondhand smoke, please click here to learn more, or email casino@plasma-air.com.

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