Smoke-free Casinos: The Colorado Experience

Report
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…
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Cigar bars
Airport smoking concession
Tobacco retail businesses
Retail floor plan of casinos
Overview (cont.)
 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
CCIAA Lawsuits
 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July 2007: Casino exemption repealed,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:
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– 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
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Plans for Implementation:
January 1, 2008
11 casinos have been issued building
permits for ‘patio rooms’
 SmokeFree Gaming
 Casino Committee
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– 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
Thank you!
Kimberly Hills, Executive Director
CTEPA
[email protected]
(303)756-6163

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