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Casino smoking debate still fouling the air

Bar, restaurant and nightclub owners in Cyprus are up in arms over government plans to defend smoking at the upcoming casino resort.

Speaking to state radio, Pancyprian Association of Leisure Centre Owners (PASIKA) Head Phanos Leventis said comments by the state that smoking areas were needed in the casino in order to keep investors were “laughable”.

The Secretary General at Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) Marios Tsiakkis had previously told CyBC reporters that the chamber “stood to lose hundreds of millions” if it moved to ban smoking in the casino.

Tsiakkis also said that a separate smoking room with games would be built in a bid to keep non-smokers happy while modern technological advances meant that special filters can be installed to keep the air clean.

His comments were prompted by plans from opposition party Akel and its MP Aristos Damianou to suggest bill amendments that would ban smoking in casinos.

Diko MP Angelos Votsis also slammed Damianou’s comments saying smoking in the casinos was not up for discussion arguing that the repercussions on the island’s economy “would be catastrophic”. He also said that the agreement terms by the investor for the creation of the casino was that smoking would be allowed.

“Some will cry and some will laugh after hearing these two [Tsiakkis and Votsis] put forward this ridiculous argument”, said Leventis.

“It is laughable to say that ‘we will lose the investor’ if they ban smoking. We are around 3,500 establishments forced to operate under stringent non-smoking laws and we get fined and dragged to court when we set-up smoking areas.

“Now all of a sudden, there is technology to improve air quality and it is possible to have a smoking area. But when we asked the state, they told us no such technology existed!”

He added: “This is totally unfair as well as ridiculous. How can those officials look us in the eyes now? It is regrettable that an entire state is dictated the law by a foreign investor.”

The contract to build the casino in Limassol was won by the Melco-Hard Rock Resort Cyprus Consortium earlier this year.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there is clear scientific evidence of an increased risk of lung cancer in non-smokers exposed to second hand smoke (SHS).

This increased risk is estimated at 20% in women and 30% in men who live with a smoker. Similarly, it has been shown that non-smokers exposed to SHS in the workplace have a 16 to 19% increased risk of developing lung cancer.

The risk of presenting lung cancer increases with the degree of exposure. The Californian Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) estimates that SHS causes 3000 deaths each year due to lung cancer in non-smokers.

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3 comments

  1. OSHA also took on the passive smoking fraud and this is what came of it:

    Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence: Third Edition

    This sorta says it all

    These limits generally are based on assessments of health risk and calculations of concentrations that are associated with what the regulators believe to be negligibly small risks. The calculations are made after first identifying the total dose of a chemical that is safe (poses a negligible risk) and then determining the concentration of that chemical in the medium of concern that should not be exceeded if exposed individuals (typically those at the high end of media contact) are not to incur a dose greater than the safe one.

    So OSHA standards are what is the guideline for what is acceptable ”SAFE LEVELS”

    OSHA SAFE LEVELS

    All this is in a small sealed room 9×20 and must occur in ONE HOUR.

    For Benzo[a]pyrene, 222,000 cigarettes.

    “For Acetone, 118,000 cigarettes.

    “Toluene would require 50,000 packs of simultaneously smoldering cigarettes.

    Acetaldehyde or Hydrazine, more than 14,000 smokers would need to light up.

    “For Hydroquinone, “only” 1250 cigarettes.

    For arsenic 2 million 500,000 smokers at one time.

    The same number of cigarettes required for the other so called chemicals in shs/ets will have the same outcomes.

    So, OSHA finally makes a statement on shs/ets :

    Field studies of environmental tobacco smoke indicate that under normal conditions, the components in tobacco smoke are diluted below existing Permissible Exposure Levels (PELS.) as referenced in the Air Contaminant Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000)…It would be very rare to find a workplace with so much smoking that any individual PEL would be exceeded.” -Letter From Greg Watchman, Acting Sec’y, OSHA.

    Why are their any smoking bans at all they have absolutely no validity to the courts or to science!

  2. The bar/restaurant owners’ complaints spring from a good, solid source: the economic destruction caused by the smoking bans… a destruction Antismokers refuse to admit exists, but which gets dragged out into the open when they start ranting and raving about how harmful it is to the banned venues when casinos get a free ticket.

    The solution is NOT to ban smoking at the casinos, but to return the Free Choice and Free Market to private business owners and allow them to choose for themselves whether to allow smoking in their establishments.

    Note that official governmental health bodies are now following the Antismokers’ lead in preaching the concept of “No Safe Level” of exposure to carcinogenic and highly volatile ethyl alcohol:

    http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/phb/Documents/2001-1.pdf

    Just because you don’t see the “clouds” hanging in the air, just because your nose isn’t as sensitive to the scent, you cannot deny the sheer quantity of Class A Carcinogen that evaporates into the air from people’s drinks. Is it dangerous? Of course not … not in the quantities and concentrations involved. BUT… once you pull the “No Safe Level” concept into play and begin imaging alcohol being forced down the throats of innocent alcohol-free men, women, and children just trying to safely have a meal or play a game without facing the prospect of an early painful and gruesome death … once you accept the crazies’ health arguments for secondhand smoke — you’re forced into accepting them for secondhand alcohol as well.

    To see how the statistics and words have been twisted to promote what has become the current majoritarian acceptance of a “deadly threat” from wisps of smoke, read (and freely download, print, and share) my “Lies Behind The Smoking Bans” at

    https://web.archive.org/web/20150412051216/http://kuneman.smokersclub.com/PASAN/StilettoGenv5h.pdf

    and feel free to offer any specific, substantive criticisms of any of the facts, references, or arguments you find there. I promise I won’t mind and I’ll try to stop back to respond.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

  3. Mr. Levendi’s arguments about the hypocrisy are more than valid. Liars lie but the truth like cream always rises to the top. In every town, city, county, state, province and country smoking bans were implemented business has suffered. The business owners were told to suck it up. But oh the dilemma when it comes to casinos. All of a sudden the losses would be too much to suck up? Well too bad Einsteins, either forbid smoking in the casino or, much better, allow smoking everywhere to the business owners’ discretion.