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2024

NFL’s Kelce Shines Spotlight on Casino Smoking in Las Vegas
February 16, 2024
Advocates Respond After New Jersey Senate Committee Passes Smokefree Casino Legislation
January 29, 2024
Casino Workers Respond to Scheduled Committee Hearing on Smokefree Casino Legislation
January 25, 2024

2023

Casino Workers Announce Formation of PAC to Bring Accountability to New Jersey Legislators
December 15, 2023
POLL: Ending Smoking at AC Casinos Would Drive Greater Visitation
December 13, 2023
NJ Legislators Urged to Reject “Philip Morris Smoking Rooms” Proposed By Casinos
December 5, 2023
Advocates Respond After NJ Senate Committee Hearing on Smokefree Casino Legislation
November 30, 2023
PA House Health Committee Passes Smokefree Workplace Legislation
November 15, 2023
Advocates Respond to News That New Jersey Lawmakers Will Vote on Smokefree Casino Legislation
October 19, 2023
TODAY: Largest Gaming Conference to Host First-Ever Discussion on Casino Smoking Policies
October 11, 2023
Rep. Frankel Introduces Legislation to End Indoor Smoking in Casinos and Other Public Spaces
September 7, 2023
Casino Workers Praise NM Casino For Adopting Permanent Smokefree Policy
September 7, 2023
Another Casino Voluntarily Goes Smoke Free After Employee Vote
September 7, 2023
Casinos Should Not Ignore Indoor Smoking As They Examine Responsible Gaming Best Practices
September 1, 2023
Berger, Moore Urged to Make Future NC Casinos Smokefree to Protect Workers & Guests 
August 16, 2023
ANR Questions Marriott on New MGM Partnership That Could Undermine Its 16-Year Smokefree Policy
August 3, 2023
Americans For Nonsmokers’ Rights Observes World Lung Cancer Day
August 1, 2023
ANR Welcomes Discussion of Smoking at G2E in October
July 26, 2023
Tribal Casinos Set Revenue Record for Second Consecutive Year As 150+ Tribal Casinos Operated Smokefree Indoors
July 21, 2023
NJ Casino Workers Send Letter to Dr. Jill Biden Highlighting Smoke-Filled Working Conditions as She Speaks at Hard Rock
July 12, 2023
Casino Workers Mark Two Years Since Smoking Returned to Atlantic City Casinos
July 5, 2023
Advocates Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Lexington Smokefree Ordinance
June 30, 2023
As East Coast Faces Poor Air Quality, Casino Workers Highlight Parallel to Their Daily Workplace Environment
June 7, 2023
RI Casino Workers & Advocates Call on Lawmakers to Pass Smokefree Casino Legislation
May 26, 2023
Shreveport City Councilors Will Be Held Accountable for Jeopardizing Casino Workers’ Lives
May 23, 2023
ALERT: Bally’s Lobbyists Repeats False Claim to Defend Indoor Smoking in TV Interview
May 19, 2023
Kansas Casino Workers Join National Worker Coalition Fighting to End Smoking Inside Casinos
May 12, 2023
Advocates for Smokefree Casinos Urge Shreveport City Council Against Dismantling Protections for Casino Workers
May 12, 2023
This Mother’s Day, Casino Workers Call For Legislation To Protect Mothers And Pregnant Casino Workers
May 12, 2023
ANR Responds to Borgata’s Planned “Cigar Snob” Event That Puts Workers in Harm’s Way
May 5, 2023
Rivers Casino Portsmouth Should Not Have Received Green Building Initiative Certification While Still Allowing Indoor Smoking
May 4, 2023
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Smoking In Casinos Would Be Banned In St. Louis County Under Proposed Measure
May 3, 2023
CDC Report Finds Smoking Hits All-Time Low, Adding Another Reason for Legislators to Close Casino Smoking Loopholes 
April 28, 2023
Smokefree Casino Advocates and Casino Workers Testify In Support Of Smokefree Casino Bill At Rhode Island State House 
April 27, 2023
84 NJ Legislators – 70% of Legislature -- Are Now Co-Sponsoring Bills to Eliminate Casino Smoking Loophole 
March 10, 2023
 
THURSDAY: Casino Workers and Advocates to Testify at New Jersey Assembly Hearing On Bill to Close Casino Smoking Loophole
March 3, 2023
 
ANR Applauds March 9th Hearing in Assembly, Where 53 Members Are Co-Sponsoring Bill to End Indoor Smoking at Casinos
February 27, 2023
 
CDC Finds Prohibiting Indoor Smoking in Casinos is the Only Way to Curb Effects of Secondhand Smoke
February 23, 2023
 
Job Losses from Ending Smoking? AC Casinos Can't Even Fill Existing Openings
February 9, 2023
 
Ahead of Monday’s Casino Smoking Hearing: What You Need to Know
February 9, 2023
 
Advocates Applaud Opening of Another Smokefree Pennsylvania Casino
February 2, 2023
 
ANR Says First-Ever Hearing on AC Smoking Bill a Critical Step to Protecting Worker Health
February 1, 2023
 
Casino Workers Group Fighting Indoor Smoking Invites Rivers Portsmouth Workers to Join Fight
January 31, 2023
 
Rivers Casino's New Non-Smoking Signs Do Nothing to Restrict Flow of Smoke
January 27, 2023
 
2 More Smokefree Casinos Opening in Pennsylvania
January 26, 2023
 
Rhode Island Legislation to End Indoor Smoking at Casinos Will Save Lives
January 25, 2023
 
Smokefree Casino Advocates Respond to Rivers Casino Portsmouth's Ventilation Claims
January 24, 2023
 
AC Casino Dealer Union Urges NJ Senate President & Speaker to Act on Smoking Bill
January 19, 2023
 
Smokefree Advocates Respond to All-Time High Atlantic City Casino Revenue
January 18, 2023
 
CEASE Releases “State of Casino Workers’ Health” Video Ahead of Governor Murphy’s Address
January 10, 2023
 

 

2022

 

Detroit Casinos Should Stay Smokefree, Say Public Health Advocates
December 29, 2022
 
After 45 Years of AC Casinos, It’s Long Past Time to End Indoor Smoking
December 8, 2022
 
Advocates Respond to Iowa’s Largest Casino Considering Ending Indoor Smoking
November 15, 2022
 
During National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Legislators Have an Opportunity To Act
November 9, 2022

Casino Workers Respond to Shameless Gestures From Casinos During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 17, 2022
 
Over 100 AC Casino Workers and Advocates Protest Indoor Smoking at Major Gaming Conference
September 22, 2022
 
ANR Encourages Lawmakers to Include Ending Indoor Smoking in Upcoming Resolution for Preventing Problem Gambling
September 20, 2022
 
Atlantic City Casinos Bail on Smoking Discussion at Last Minute
September 13, 2022
 
Ending Indoor Smoking Should Be Part of Industry’s Responsible Gaming Commitment
September 1, 2022
 
Legends Bay Casino in Sparks Urged to End Indoor Smoking, Truly Protect Employees From Harmful Health Impacts
August 30, 2022
 
Mount Airy Casino Flip Flops After Telling Employees It Values Their Well-Being
August 23, 2022
 
Casino Workers Host Night at the Ballpark, Remind Lawmakers of Urgency to Close Casino Smoking Loophole
August 18, 2022
 
Ventilation Experts Appeal to NV Resort Association, Rebuke Industry’s Air Filtration Claims
August 17, 2022
 
Tribal Casinos Set Revenue Record in 2021 As 150+ Tribal Casinos Operated Smokefree 
August 16, 2022
 
Advocates Applaud Churchill Downs Breaking Ground on Indiana’s First Casino to Open Smokefree
June 21, 2022
 
New Jersey Doctors, Health Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Protect Casino Workers’ Health by Ending Indoor smoking
June 14, 2022
 
Press of AC/ProPublica Report Lays Bare Why NJ Legislators Cannot Trust Casino Claims on Smoking
June 2, 2022
 
NEW: Majority of South Jersey Assembly Democrats Support Closing Casino Smoking Loophole
June 2, 2022
 
5 More New Jersey Legislators Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Bill to Close Casino Smoking Loophole
May 26, 2022
 
Health Leadership Award bestowed to the Navajo Nation
May 25, 2022
 
NJ Senator Cunningham Becomes 16th Co-Sponsor of Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Casino Smoking Loophole
May 25, 2022
 
UFCW Local 152 Announces Support for Eliminating Casino Smoking Loophole
May 2, 2022
 
Another Philly Casino Voluntarily Gets Rid of Indoor Smoking
May 2, 2022
 
Union Representing AC Casino Dealers Backs Legislation to End Indoor Smoking
April 28, 2022
 
As Casinos Struggle to Hire, Advocates Say Getting Rid of Indoor Smoking Would Help 
April 15, 2022
 
ICYMI: Hundreds Of AC Casino Workers Rally To Urge Legislators To Eliminate Smoking Loophole
April 13, 2022
 
Ahead of Rally, 4 More New Jersey Legislators Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Casino Smoking Loophole
April 7, 2022
 
4 More New Jersey Assemblymembers Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate New Jersey’s Casino Smoking Loophole
March 22, 2022
 
Advocates Applaud Pennsylvania Bill to Get Rid of Smoking in Casinos
March 16, 2022
 
11 More New Jersey Assemblymembers Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Casino Smoking Loophole
March 15, 2022
 
Casino Workers, Advocates Applaud Introduction of Assembly Bill to Eliminate Casino Smoking Loophole
February 24, 2022
 
Casino Workers, Advocates Respond to Misleading & Incomplete Industry-Funded Study on Smoking
February 23, 2022
 
Former Governor, Current Senator Richard Codey Co-Sponsors Bill to Eliminate New Jersey’s Casino Smoking Loophole
February 7, 2022
 
Navajo Nation’s Smokefree Casinos Law Takes Effect on Saturday
February 4, 2022
 
Senator Michael Testa Co-Sponsors Bill to Eliminate New Jersey’s Casino Smoking Loophole
January 31, 2022
 
Advocates Applaud Parx for Committing to Operating a 2nd Smokefree Casino
January 20, 2022

Smoking in AC Casinos is "On Life Support," Could Be Gone Within Weeks
January 13, 2022
 
Smokefree Casinos Bill Re-Introduced With 6 Senate Co-Sponsors
January 12, 2022

 

2021
 

Gov. Murphy Reiterates Support for Eliminating Casino Smoking Loophole
December 20, 2021
 
New Jersey Deputy Speaker Paul Moriarty Backs Bill to Eliminate Casino Smoking Loophole 
December 14, 2021
 
Message Delivered: AC Casino Workers Tell Legislators Not to Leave Them Behind in the Smoke
December 10, 2021
 
CEASE Press Release: In Trenton, Casino Workers Tell Lawmakers Not to Leave Them Behind in Smoke While Giving Casinos Tax Breaks
December 9, 2021
 
Sweeney Legacy as Leader for People with Disabilities is "Incomplete" Until Casino Smoking Loophole is Closed
December 8, 2021
 
WATCH: AC Casino Workers Get National Attention for Fight to Close Smoking Loophole
November 30, 2021
 
Smokefree Advocates Respond to Senator Sweeney Comments Today on Closing the Casino Loophole
November 18, 2021
 
Smokefree Casino Advocates Cheer Selection of Churchill Downs for Indiana Gaming License
November 18, 2021
 
Nebraska’s Smokefree Casino Policy Will Protect the Health of Workers & Guests
November 18, 2021
 
Smokefree Parx Casino Leads Pennsylvania to Record Revenue in October
November 17, 2021
 
New Vigo County Gaming License Should be Granted to a Smokefree Casino
November 12, 2021
 
Air Quality Report Shows Smoke-Free Ordinance in Shreveport Working
November 9, 2021
 
Air is Life Act of 2021 Signed into Law
November 8, 2021
 
Navajo Nation President Signs Bill to Make Its 4 Casinos Smokefree
November 8, 2021
 
Smokefree Advocates Remember Gov. Minner as Champion for Clean Air, Including at Casinos
November 5, 2021
 
Smokefree Casino Advocates Respond to New Jersey Election Results, Urge Action in Lame Duck
November 3, 2021
 
AGA CEO Says Casinos Going Smokefree "Hasn't Led to a Decrease in Business"
October 28, 2021
 
Park MGM President Says Going Smokefree Has Been “a Very Positive Differentiator”
October 25, 2021
 
Navajo Nation Council Adopts Smokefree Legislation, Including at Casinos
October 20, 2021

Despite Sweeney, Mazzeo & Polistina Agree on Making AC Casinos Smokefree Indoors
October 18, 2021

Empty Rhetoric at G2E?
October 8, 2021
 
At G2E, Frontline Casino Workers to Speak Out Against Smoking At Their Workplaces
October 5, 2021
 
NEW VIDEO: Governor Murphy Says Unequivocally He'll Sign Bill to Make AC Casinos Smokefree
September 23, 2021
 
Advocates Call on Newsweek to Drop Caesars from Its “Most Responsible Companies” List
September 22, 2021
 
As Hispanic Heritage Month Begins, Smokefree Casino Advocates Highlight Disproportionate Burden On Latino Workers
September 15, 2021
 
Smokefree AC Push Heats Up Ahead of Lame Duck Session
September 7, 2021

On Eve of Labor Day, Advocates Call on New Jersey Legislators to Act to Protect Casino Workers By Closing Loophole
September 3, 2021
 
No Mask Exceptions for Smoking Indoors at Nevada Casinos, Says Smokefree Casino Advocates
July 27, 2021
 
Smokefree Casino Advocates Call On NJ Lawmakers to Return Tobacco Money
July 23, 2021
 
Caesars Buying Superdome Naming Rights Shows Fears of Smokefree Policies are Unfounded
July 23, 2021
 
BREAKING: Atlantic City Casinos Set Revenue Record While Operating Smokefree in June
July 16, 2021
 
Smokefree Casino Advocates Mark Victory for Gaming Employees, Guests in Shreveport
July 14, 2021
 
As Oakland A's Explore Las Vegas, Advocates Call on MLB to Join the Fight for Smokefree Casinos
June 29, 2021
 
Return of Indoor Smoking at PA Casinos "Misguided and Dangerous" for Employees & Guests
June 28, 2021
 
In Pennsylvania, "Group Wants to Keep Casinos Smoke-Free"
June 1, 2021
 
Banner Highlighting Smokefree AC Casinos to Fly Above Jersey Shore This Memorial Day Weekend
May 27, 2021
 
Yet Another Tribal Casino Goes Smokefree--Even As Other COVID Restrictions Are Lifted
May 27, 2021
 
Support Grows for Bill to Make Atlantic City Casinos Smokefree As More Lawmakers Sign On
May 24, 2021
 
Smokefree Casino Advocates Respond to Reports That Gov. Murphy Plans to Drop Mask Mandate Next Week
May 21, 2021
 
Casino Influencer Reaching Millions to Stop Visiting Casinos That Permit Smoking Indoors
May 17, 2021
 
On 6th Anniversary, Advocates Highlight Success of New Orleans Smokefree Ordinance That Includes Gaming Venues
April 21, 2021
 
Business Argument Against Smokefree Casinos Falls Apart as Pennsylvania Posts Record Revenue in March
April 16, 2021
 
Smokefree Advocates Respond to New Jersey Casino Executive's Disregard for Employee Health
April 6, 2021
 
New Player Survey to Help Casinos Gauge Smoking Preferences
March 23, 2021
 
Smokefree Advocates Praise New Mexico House Committee Passage of Bill to Make Racinos Smokefree
February 25, 2021
 
Prominent Former NJ Senator: "I Really Don't Think [Smoking] is Coming Back" to Atlantic City
February 22, 2021
 
During Black History Month, Advocates Call on Casinos to Back Up Words With Actions to Provide Smokefree Work Environments
February 19, 2021
 
Health Advocacy Groups Oppose Efforts To Weaken Smoke-Free Protections And Urge Senate To Vote No
February 17, 2021
 
ANR Letter to President Biden  
January 27, 2021

Smokefree Casino Advocates Mark 15th Anniversary of Smokefree Hotels, Urge Gaming Companies to “Catch Up with Other Modern Businesses”
January 15, 2021

 

2020


Smokefree Casino Advocates Applaud Announcement of 4 More Casinos Going Smokefree
December 18, 2020

In Letter, Gov. Sisolak Urged to Require Smokefree Casinos Instead of Forcing Closures
November 19, 2020

Gov. Holcomb’s Guidance on Smokefree Casinos Falls Short in Keeping Gaming Employees Safe
November 17, 2020

New AGA Report Shows Smokefree Casinos Increasing Revenue 
November 16, 2020
 
Smokefree Policies in PA, NJ Casinos Help Keep Nearly All Workers COVID-Free
November 10, 2020
 
New Study Finds Growing Support Among Nevadans For Smokefree Casinos Law
October 6, 2020

Further Resources

Lists & Maps

Our sister organization, the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, provides information on the issues of smoking prevention, the benefits of smokefree air, and the right to breathe smokefree air, including educational resources for schools, health departments, medical organizations, and others; including smokefree lists and maps.

Casino Videos

Smokefreecasinos.org is a project of the American Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) Foundation to provide resources and information about the health and other benefits of smokefree commercial and Tribal casinos, including videos.

Musician Testimonials

Smokefree Music Cities is a project of the American Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) Foundation in partnership with other public health and musician-oriented organizations working to improve musicians' health. Read testimonials in support from many musicians.