Last chance: Tell the New Jersey Assembly to make casinos smokefree
Publication Date: 12/6/2007What ever happened to protecting everyone's equal right to breathe smokefree?
Remember New Jersey's Smokefree Air Act that went into effect last year, making our workplaces, restaurants and bars 100% smokefree? Well, the law had a loophole... that left out casino workers. This spring, the New Jersey Senate unanimously passed (35-0) Senate Bill 1089 that will give casino employees the same right to breathe smokefree air as all other workers in the Garden State.
Despite the Senate's strong vote to close the loophole and more than 80% of New Jersey voters believing that casino employees and patrons deserve to breathe smokefree air, the House is STILL sitting on its hands and playing roulette with the lives of thousands of citizens.
We're up against the clock. Monday, December 10th will likely be the last day of the 2007 legislative session and the last chance to put the smokefree casinos issue on the Assembly Health Committee's agenda. If it is not approved on Monday, casino employees will likely have to wait up to 18 months or more for relief from the state. NOW is our chance to close up that loophole for good!
The lives of thousands depend on the decisions of a few. So what's the hold up?
You can make the difference. All it takes is making two phone calls right now. That's it!
- Please call Assemblymember Herb Conaway (chair of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee) at (856) 461-3997 and ask that S1089/A2067 to be added to the agenda for the Monday 12/10 Health Committee.
- Hang up and then call House Speaker Joseph Roberts at (856) 742-7600
and ask him to post S1089/A2067 to this session.
No exemptions. No excuses.
We must make sure that our Assemblymembers understand that their constituents
(that's you!) overwhemingly support making casinos 100% smokefree. Thank you!
For more information, go to www.smokefreecasinos.com.
- Frieda at ANR (www.no-smoke.org)