No to smoking in casinos

I was stunned to learn that members of the Prince George's County delegation have filed legislation that would reverse public health gains in the state ("Don't let casino bypass smoking law," Feb. 29).

Granting an exemption that allows casinos to ignore the statewide smoke-free law by allowing cigar smoking is a terrible idea that will cost the state lives and money.

Here are the facts: Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the nation and costs the state nearly $3 billion in health care costs each year.

It's also a fact that the public strongly supports smoke-free workplaces, including casinos, because second-hand smoke is a serious health hazard. Nobody should have to risk their health to earn a paycheck, no matter where they work.

As a resident of Prince George's County, I expect the people representing me to consider how I feel on an issue like this. I don't expect them to cave in to special interests that have trouble looking beyond their bottom line.

Kim Duhart, Fort Washington

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