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Smokefree Casinos Bill Passes House Committee

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HB1657 – Call on Lawmakers to Take Action

After clearing the House Health Committee, this legislation will be considered by the House of Representatives.  Opponents have been sharing doom & gloom messages creating doubt for leadership. Lawmakers need to hear from us that smokefree air saves lives, take action today!

Clean Indoor Air Act - Leaves Thousands Behind

The CIAA was signed into law in 2008 extending life-saving protections to some but failing to include hospitality workplaces like bars and casinos. Since that time, the advent and popularity of e-cigarettes continues to burden the state, particularly among young people. The current CIAA does not address use of e-cigarettes in public places making enforcement confusing and renormalizing the act of indoor smoking.

Thousands of workers and patrons are exposed to secondhand smoke in exempted venues including:

• Full-service truck stops
• Tobacco shops
• Tobacco manufacturers, wholesalers, and importers
• Private Clubs
• Cigar bars
• Drinking establishments, including restaurants where food accounts for 20% or less of revenues
• Up to 50% of a casino’s gaming floor

CEASE PA in Action

Inspired by the movement in NJ, casino workers in PA have come together to form CEASE PA. Pennsylvania has a massive gaming market that spans across the state. Workers from Philly to Pittsburgh, and everywhere along the way, are organizing to call on lawmakers to end casino smoking.

No one in Pennsylvania is protected by a 100% smokefree workplace, restaurant, and bar law; thousands of employees, patrons, and visitors are exposed to secondhand smoke in these venues. Hospitality and casino workers in Pennsylvania should not have to choose between their jobs and their health. Read more about the people in PA that are left behind in the ANR Foundation report: Bridging the Gap-Status of Smokefree Air in the U.S.: Pennsylvania

We are thankful for Pennsylvania's Veterans and acknowledge their efforts to go smokefree!



Recognizing Big Tobacco’s targeting of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Resource Center took the message of smokefree air to the best pride events in the region to let the community shout it out, "we want smoke-free air" in the places they gather and want to feel out, proud and healthy!

88.8% of PA residents who identify as LGBTQ would be likely to go to a smokefree bar.

94% would be likely to go to a smokefree pride.

Members of the LGBTQ community are important supporters of the movement to ensure all workers and patrons are protected from secondhand smoke.

View the full postcard.

View Smokefree Pride Guide.

If Pennsylvania Goes Smokefree

We'd Save More Lives

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