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  • Jerry Plantz: Casinos need to snuff it out

  • I can’t predict when it will happen, but I feel it in my bones that the day is coming when all the casinos will be smoke free.

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  • I can’t predict when it will happen, but I feel it in my bones that the day is coming when all the casinos will be smoke free. Moreover, that day could not come soon enough for casino customers who would like to concentrate solely on the dealer’s hands or the slot outcome rather than the smoker puffing away beside them.
    When I frequent a casino I try to avoid second-hand smoke by playing games where there are few people around. On a recent casino visit a man with a lit cigar sat down beside me, puffing away, oblivious to the handkerchief on my mouth. I moved away even though my machine was being generous.
    While casinos hold the winning hand, the fight has not stopped health advocates attempting to have smokers take their butts and butts outside.
    Clean Air Metro KC is a group of conscientious smoke watchers along with the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and various city and state health officials who are leading the fight to end not only smoking in casinos but in every public place in America.
    No casino wants to be the first to voluntarily ban cigarette smoking on the floor, for it might affect attendance. However, if it becomes law then everyone becomes a winner – health wise.
    In other smoking news, Missouri pays the lowest state cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack. On Nov. 6, you can change that by voting yes on Proposition B that would add another 73 cents.
    The opponents cry foul, claiming greedy politicians want more of your tax money. However, non-smokers believe the slogan that “When people smoke, everyone pays.”
    Proposition B money will go to elementary, secondary and higher education, and it will aid smokers in quitting and help keep kids from starting. It is estimated that that 8,600 Missouri kids become daily smokers each year.
    If you have a hard time weaning yourself off of that nicotine addiction consider what Vickie, one of my readers did. She put a picture of her kids on the packet and every time she craved a cigarette, it reminded her that they were a good reason for quitting. It worked.
    Further, many Missouri universities and colleges have now joined 500 others in creating smoke-free campuses.
    As for casinos, that smoke free day is coming – bet on it.
    I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.
    Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at www.Jerryplantz.com. Reach him at jerryplantz@msn.com.
     
     

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