Twin Arrows workers should be smoke-free

2013-07-20T22:52:00Z Twin Arrows workers should be smoke-free Arizona Daily Sun
July 20, 2013 10:52 pm

To the editor:

Despite progress in other workplaces, tribal members still have to work in casinos filled with toxic secondhand smoke (SHS). Casino workers are getting sick and dying from breathing SHS, which includes over 250 toxins and 69 carcinogens.

The U.S. Surgeon General declared 49 years ago tobacco smoke kills people who smoke and 27 years ago he warned SHS kills non-smokers.

When there is secondhand smoke, everyone smokes.

The Surgeon General says there is no safe level of exposure and ventilation cannot eliminate the danger. Five minutes in a room with smoke stiffens the aorta, making it difficult to pump blood; 20 minutes causes blood platelets to become stickier, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke; 2 hours and heart rhythm is affected, which can cause fibrillations. Brief exposure can cause sudden dangerous respiratory and cardiac events for some, especially for those with preexisting conditions and seniors. The effects are serious for those who have to work in it.

Commercial tobacco smoke not only takes years off our lives, it fills the rest with chronic diseases that eat away our bodies, devastate our families, and financially destroy us.

There are now 500+ smokefree gaming venues and casinos in the U.S. (ALL Canadian casinos are smokefree). Please ask the Twin Arrows Casino to protect the health of the 800 Navajo employees in the casino by providing them with a safe, healthy smokefree workplace.

Please stand up for their right to a safe, healthy workplace — just like we have.

Bernice Carver


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(8) Comments

  1. murphy
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    murphy - August 02, 2013 2:29 pm
    The best evidence that smoking kills is to look at those poor people in these casinos, throwing their money away and sucking on cigarettes. Their skin looks like leather, their mouths have permanent wrinkles around them, their eyes are yellow as are their teeth, their hair is dull, their clothes are disgustingly smelly, etc.
    To suggest that somehow ambulances need to stand outside and wait for these poor souls to drop is about as ridiculous as allowing them to smoke inside in the first place.
  2. emergency physician
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    emergency physician - July 26, 2013 1:11 pm
    The Twin Arrows Casino needs to do the right thing and adopt a smokefree policy. Their patrons and employees deserve to breathe clean air, and the owners will not suffer economically, as they will attract additional customers and save money on ventilation and cleaning costs.
  3. Fromthemiddle
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    Fromthemiddle - July 26, 2013 9:36 am
    The author writes "How can we allow the Twin Arrow Casino to continue subjecting 800 of their employees to breathe in toxic secondhand smoke to keep their job in the casino?"
    Although I dont like smoking myself and have a full understanding of it's effects, the author's statement is scary. "allow" we do not have tht right to determine who is and who is not subjected to something. The world is big, if the 800 employees do not like the work place, move..
  4. Love Your Neighbor
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    Love Your Neighbor - July 24, 2013 9:30 pm
    Here's the link to the 8 minute video regarding workers exposed to secondhand smoke in casinos.

    Please watch and support everyone's right to a healthy workplace.

    Thank you for you time and serious consideration of the health of workers and patrons at Twin Arrows Casino.
  5. Miramar
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    Miramar - July 23, 2013 7:42 am
    If that hysterical antismoking propaganda was true, there would need to be a fleet of ambulances stationed outside the casino to ferry the dead and dying from tobacco smoke off to hospital on an hourly basis. Do these antismoking fanatics ever stop to actually consider the absurdity of their claims?
  6. Smokefree
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    Smokefree - July 22, 2013 9:36 pm
    How can we allow the Twin Arrow Casino to continue subjecting 800 of their employees to breathe in toxic secondhand smoke to keep their job in the casino? The fact that they are Navajo tribal employees makes this in my mind a human rights issue.

    Whoever reads this comment should ask,"What if this applied to me?" I'm sure you would want others to stand up for your right to earn a living without having to breathe in toxins every work day. Call the Twin Arrow Casino and let them know it's not OK.
  7. SmokeFreeAirGal
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    SmokeFreeAirGal - July 22, 2013 7:23 am
    I worked in smoke-filled workplaces for 24 years. By my mid 40s I was diagnosed with adult onset asthma. Now 62 I continue to require over $500 in medicines monthly (thankfully my insurance now pays most of it) to keep me breathing. I can no longer work outside of our home becasue I become bedridden with broncnitis at least three times a year for at least three weeks at a time. There is a very good reason businessses all around the world now require all smoking to be done outdoors.
  8. Jon
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    Jon - July 21, 2013 6:30 pm
    Secondhand smoke is not just annoying. Secondhand smoke kills.

    49,000 Americans are killed every year by secondhand smoke (CDC numbers). Secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. Secondhand smoke gives you diseases you do not get better from.

    But the good news is: this is preventable. These deaths do not have to happen. Stop the exposure to secondhand smoke, you stop the disease, lives are saved.

    And no one is stopped from smoking. Just do it outside.
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