Transcript Smoke-free Casinos: The Colorado Experience
Smoke-free Casinos: The Colorado Experience
Kimberly Hills Executive Director Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance (CTEPA)
Overview of Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act (CCIAA) History of Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act – 2005: Beginning of the Campaign – 2006: Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act is enacted Became effective July 1 Covers all indoor public places, except… – Cigar bars – Airport smoking concession – Tobacco retail businesses – Retail floor plan of casinos
Perimeter of 15 feet “Indoor area means any enclosed area..” Class 2 petty offense Enforced by local sheriff and police
Casino Exemption: Why?
2006 Legislative Session – Powerful casino lobby – One of the main bargaining chips for legislators Opposition added casinos to get the bill killed Advocates were in the position of having to support casino exemption to get the votes
Coalition for Equal Rights, Inc. v. Owens, 458 F. Supp.2d 1251 (D. Colo. 2006); appealed, oral
arguments November 15, 2007.
Orios v. Westberg; Durango People v. (Oasis); Adams County
2007 Legislative Session
July 2007: Casino exemption repealed, effective January 1, 2008 Background: – 8000 workers unprotected – Element of discrimination – Mobilization of casino patron and worker community had continued Strong activism: SmokeFree Gaming Strong legislative sponsors Work of the coalition Key Issue: Date of implementation
Plans for Implementation: January 1, 2008 11 casinos have been issued building permits for ‘patio rooms’ SmokeFree Gaming Casino Committee – Researched other places (Delaware, Canada) – Meeting with Division of Gaming and general managers to educate about the law and partner to promote smoke-free – Training of law enforcement
Kimberly Hills, Executive Director CTEPA [email protected]