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Public Health Reports: Attitudes Toward Smoke-Free Casino Policies Among U.S. Adults, 2017

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Mr. Michael A. Tynan, Dr. Teresa W. Wang, Ms. Kristy L. Marynak, Ms. Pamela Lemos, and Mr. Stephen D. Babb from the Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, examined attitudes among U.S. adults toward smoke-free casino policies. From June to July 2017, a web-based survey asked a nationally representative sample of adults (n=4107) about their attitudes toward smoke-free casinos. Among 4048 respondents, about 75.0 percent favored smoke-free casino policies. Despite differences in the sociodemographic characteristics for those in favor of smoke-free casino policies, most in each group, except for current smokers (45.4 percent), supported smoke-free policies. The authors concluded that both employees and visitors are susceptible to second-hand smoke if individuals are allowed to smoke inside casinos. Moreover, further assessment of public knowledge and attitudes regarding smoke-free casinos at local and state levels may help with tobacco control policy, planning, and practice.

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