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Secondhand smoke (SHS) is an occupational hazard for many casino workers- from dealers to security. Job-related exposure to SHS is a significant, but entirely​.


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A federal report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (​NIOSH) found that casino workers are exposed to hazardous.


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I assessed area secondhand smoke (SHS) exposures in 5 casinos, using respirable and irritation for patrons and workers, and mortality risk to casino workers.


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SHS-induced heart disease and lung cancer will cause an estimated 6 Pennsylvania casino workers' deaths annually per 10 at risk, 5-fold the death rate from.


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Casino workers face a higher risk of heart disease and lung cancer because they work in buildings filled with tobacco smoke, suggests new research appearing.


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NIOSH collected urine samples before and after the workers' shifts to determine the levels of two secondhand smoke components, cotinine and.


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Casino gambling is a popular pastime. The lightest gray obtainable i. Corresponding author. Further research is needed to generalize exposures observed in this study to the casino industry as a whole. Local clinics processed and shipped samples. Each area-monitored casino was sampled once, and measurements for burning cigarette density, carbon dioxide as an index of ventilation, and pollutant concentration were obtained. By the workplace standards of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA , which employs a year average time period, casino workers' risk from SHS-induced lung cancer and heart disease combined is 26 times the level indicating significant risk of material impairment health. Research on levels of SHS in casinos has been limited. Imagine a bathtub in which water is running in and draining out at such a rate that the water level remains constant. Postvisit urine samples were collected on the following day. Exposure and dose were related by a pharmacokinetic model. The 3-casino average observed prevalence of active smoking Table 1 was 6. NIOSH recommended a ban on smoking in the casinos. At the same time, India ink is poured in uniformly, turning the water black. Because cotinine levels decay exponentially after 11 hours, I normalized all measured doses to 11 hours using the mean life for cotinine. When the ratios of either the arithmetic or geometric mean concentrations of RSPs from SHS to PPAHs from SHS for each of the 3 casinos were compared, the ratio for Harrah's was lower than were those of the other casinos Table 1 ; the reason for this anomaly is unknown. Confining smokers to a smaller area will increase the local smoker density in the smoking area and not protect nonsmoking areas from drifting or recirculated tobacco smoke. Am J Public Health. The combined excess risk of mortality from SHS exposure for nonsmoking workers exposed to an average exposure concentration, N, is then estimated by the equation:. For postexposure urine cotinine collected after 11 hours, the measured dose was adjusted 29 for the decay of cotinine. People Per ft 2 No. Abstract Objectives. Casinos should not be exempt from smoke-free workplace laws. Dosimetry captures personal breathing zone exposure to SHS much better than area monitors, because dosimetry incorporates exposure concentration, duration, proximity, and respiration rate. Dose was defined as the inhaled, absorbed, and metabolized body fluid concentration of cotinine, the metabolite of SHS nicotine. It is clear, however, that Pennsylvania casino workers and patrons are put at significant excess risk of heart disease and lung cancer from SHS through a failure to include casinos in the state's smoke-free workplace law. Design ventilation rates can be compared with actual ventilation rates by measuring the difference between the CO 2 concentrations in the casinos and outdoors. Exposure was defined as the atmospheric SHS concentration that contacts a person's boundary. Pennsylvania's gaming industry will ultimately provide 12 direct employment positions. SHS-induced heart disease and lung cancer will cause an estimated 6 Pennsylvania casino workers' deaths annually per 10 at risk, 5-fold the death rate from Pennsylvania mining disasters. Meyer and J. Volunteers were requested to avoid SHS for 1 week prior to casino visits. The tub water can never regain its pristine state while ink is still pouring in. SHS is highly irritating; nearly three fourths of nonsmokers are disturbed by smoky air. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Predicted Prevalence of Active Smoking The percentage of gamblers who smoke is less than or equal to the percentage of smokers in the adult population. Log-probability analysis not shown indicated that all of the RSPs measured in the smoking areas of the 3 casinos exceeded the Junker et el. Additional casino measurements will provide better estimates. Because both D s and C v contain volume in the denominator, SHS RSP casino depends on the ratio of the generation rate to the removal rate and is volume independent. Patrons' urine cotinine increased 1. Participants 1—6 visited the casinos on August 13; participant 7 visited the casino on August The estimated personal breathing zone concentration of RSPs from SHS was calculated using equation 6 ; the median increase in urine cotinine for all volunteers was 1. Occupancies were not measured in the cotinine study. I measured respirable suspended particles RSPs , particulate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PPAHs , and carbon dioxide inside and outside casinos; measured changes in patrons' urine cotinine after casino visits; and assessed SHS impact on workers and patrons, using exposure—response models, air quality standards, and odor and irritation thresholds. Observations were made on August 15 from am to pm in the nonsmoking section and am to pm in the smoking section. The shade of gray i. Kulaga provided invaluable assistance with air quality and cotinine data collection and volunteer recruitment. See Am J Public Health. Models were used to generalize air quality measurements and to transform dose into personal exposure. If equilibrium is not present i. Ventilation rates per occupant relate to air exchange rates the number of times in 1 hour that the air in a room is completely replaced with outside air as follows: assuming a foot ceiling, the ASHRAE 62— default air exchange rate C v for a casino at maximum design occupancy is calculated as:. Cotinine analyses were provided by E. Correspondence should be sent to James L. SHS infiltrated into nonsmoking gaming areas. Health and welfare effects for casino patrons and workers were assessed through the use of odor and irritation thresholds, air quality standards, and exposure—response models. SHS levels are directly proportional to smoker density. The cotinine study was approved by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco's institutional review panel. Figure 2 compares indoor and outdoor PPAH concentrations at the 3 casinos. With respect to irritation, the 3 casino smoking areas exceed the Junker et al. In the nonsmoking area of the Mohegan Sun, the odor threshold was exceeded by factors ranging from 3 to more than , whereas the irritation threshold was exceeded for This may result in loss of nonsmokers' patronage. Outdoor RSP levels were not recorded in the biomarker study. The corresponding expected SHS nicotine concentration 13 , 29 is:. Casinos were not informed of the monitoring, to prevent bias or interference. Since , before any of these casinos were built, ASHRAE has recommended ventilation rates only for nonsmoking premises, citing numerous government reports linking SHS exposure to disease. Measured indoor and outdoor levels of particulate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PPAHs at 3 Pennsylvania casinos in Concentrations in the smoking sections are shown for all 3 casinos and for the nonsmoking section at the Mohegan Sun only. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Table 1 details the parameters measured and the smoker density calculated for each casino. The percentage of gamblers who smoke is less than or equal to the percentage of smokers in the adult population. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. PPAH and RSP concentrations in casinos were, on average, 4 and 6 times, respectively, that of outdoor levels despite generous ventilation and low smoking prevalence. Based on measured RSP levels, SHS odor and irritation thresholds were massively exceeded in smoking areas and considerably exceeded in 1 nonsmoking salon. The maximum occupancy was people.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Exposure uncertainty is driven by daily differences in SHS concentrations in a single casino and among casinos. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}I assessed air pollution, ventilation, and nonsmokers' risk from secondhand smoke SHS in Pennsylvania casinos exempted from a statewide smoke-free workplace law. Thus, both odor and irritation levels for nonsmokers were massively exceeded by the SHS in casino smoking areas. Relationship Between Markers Dosimetry captures personal breathing zone exposure to SHS much better than area monitors, because dosimetry incorporates exposure concentration, duration, proximity, and respiration rate. Based on cotinine-derived RSP levels, SHS in Pennsylvania casinos produces an estimated excess mortality of approximately 6 deaths per year per 10 workers at risk, 5 times the rate at which Pennsylvania coal miners have died in mining disasters and 26 times OSHA's significant risk level. SHS causes an estimated 40 to 60 heart disease and lung cancer deaths annually in the United States, 5 with no safe level of exposure. The work reported in this article was part of a Stanford University study that investigated air quality in casinos. Although the monitors provided readings every 10 seconds over several hours and 7 volunteers visited 3 casinos, only single days were measured, so that the results are less robust than if repeated sampling days in the same location had been performed. I used dosimetry to assess SHS risk. All casino smoking areas were heavily polluted, with time-averaged RSPs higher than those outdoors by a factor of approximately 11 for Mohegan Sun, 6 for Philadelphia Park, and 3. The uncertainty in dose-based risk assessment is driven by uncertainty in exposure, dose, and dose—response. An exposure—response relationship relating a year working lifetime average exposure to SHS nicotine to cumulative excess risk of coronary heart disease and lung cancer mortality is given by the expression:. James L. Repace , MSc. The effect of ventilation on SHS levels may be understood by a simple analogy. To clarify the water while keeping its level in the tub constant, water ingress and egress must be increased by the same amount; the water will then become a shade of gray. Mining is described as the most dangerous industry. However, only one third of the smokers would be expected to be observed smoking cigarettes at any given time. The ink pouring rate is analogous to the smoking rate, the water flow rate is analogous to the air exchange rate, and the amount of water in the tub is analogous to the space volume. Open in a separate window. This result serves as a prediction of expected casino total RSP concentrations under ASHRAE standard conditions, and it generalizes the results of the field study to casinos having different occupancies, volumes, smoker densities, or air exchange rates. The estimated risk of SHS exposure for casino workers was calculated by transforming the RSPs from SHS derived from the casino patrons' cotinine into its equivalent SHS nicotine, and then estimating risk with an exposure response model. Carbon Dioxide and Per-Occupant Ventilation Rates Design ventilation rates can be compared with actual ventilation rates by measuring the difference between the CO 2 concentrations in the casinos and outdoors. Accepted October 22, This article has been corrected.