ACOSH has worked intensively to encourage the Crown Casino (previously Burswood Casino) to expand its non-smoking policies.
In 1999, ACOSH joined with the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers’ Union (LHMWU) to test the impact on workers of completing shifts surrounded by smoking patrons. Professor Bill Musk, from Sir Charles Gardner Hospital, conducted testing before and after shifts, including blood samples and lung function tests. The tests showed a significant reaction to smoke among the workers in terms of lung function and cotinine levels.
On 26 March 2001, the Crown Casino announced the extension of its smoke free areas to cover all gaming tables and most poker machines, but this did not include its International Room, The Pearl Room. While this groundbreaking step was an important one, ACOSH remains concerned that smoke remains a threat to workers and patrons in smoking areas and drift to non-smoking areas.
Read more about secondhand smoke exposure concerns in the Crown Casino Pearl Room in this media article.
This website explains each state and territories’ legislation to ban smoking in public spaces. This includes WA legislation and the exception of the International Room of Crown Casino, provided the room has adequate ventilation.