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<strong;The Colorado Gaming Association posted the following response to the study on the http://blogs.denverpost.com/health/2013/08/05/smoking-ban-means-fewer-am... target="_blank";<em;Denver Post</em; website:</strong;
The study presents an interesting – but totally unproven – hypothesis. The study admits it did not explore any statistical data about patients which made it “impossible to differentiate events possibly related to smoking or secondhand smoke… from events not likely to be related.” A co-author of the study, Erin Gibbs of the Gilpin County Ambulance Authority, has observed that starting in 2009, a younger crowd was drawn to the gaming towns because voters had just approved new games and expanded bet limits. Likewise, the post-2008 recession resulted in a drop in casino visitation of 17-22%. Giving credit for a drop in ambulance usage to the smoking ban is convenient; it’s just not scientifically established.
Other gaming jurisdictions should be wary in relying on this study to draw any conclusions at all.
Lois Rice, Executive Director, Colorado Gaming Association
<strong;Here is the response I posted: </strong;
The Colorado Gaming Association, mimicking the tobacco industry's longstanding practice of using out-of-context quotes, is ignoring the fundamental observation in our study that when everywhere but casinos were made smokefree there was a 20% drop in ambulance calls from everywhere but casinos AND that when casinos were required to go smokefree ambulance calls from casinos dropped 20% while not changing everywhere else.
Moreover, the 20% reduction is about the same as well-documented reductions in hospital admissions for heart attacks, strokes, asthma and other medical emergencies that have been consistent observed around the world following implementation of strong smokefree laws.
The fact that the available data did not allow us to determine how much of this drop was due to reductions in secondhand smoke and how much was due to less smoking in no way undermines the fundamental observation that ambulance calls dropped.
Stanton Glantz, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
You can read the ambulance study here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/08/02/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.... rel="nofollow";http://circ.ahajournals.org/co...
You can read a summary of the studies on hospital admissions here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/126/18/2177.long" rel="nofollow";http://circ.ahajournals.org/co...

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