May 12, 2009

Study: Dealers suffer from 2nd-hand smoke

A recently released federal study found that dealers in many Las Vegas casinos are exposed to potentially hazardous substances from second-hand smoke.

The study released last week was based on on-site visits to Bally's, Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Palace in 2005 and 2006, the Las Vegas Sun reported Tuesday. Investigators for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health studied more than 100 dealers and found they reported respiratory problems and had high levels of carcinogens associated with exposure to tobacco smoke in their urine at the end of the workday.

Terrie Price, a former dealer at Caesars Palace, filed one of the complaints that triggered the study. The other complaint came from an anonymous dealer at Bally's.

Price told the newspaper she believes she was fired after 25 years at Caesars because of her complaints about smoke. She said she was accused of blowing smoke at a player when the man had, in fact, been blowing smoke at her.