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Colorado Casinos Clear the Air and Become Smoke-Free in 2008
Date:12/17/2007

ndy Liverance, vice president of programs at the American Lung Association of Colorado. "Their employees and patrons alike will be benefit from a smoke-free environment while still enjoying all the fun the casinos have to offer."

Colorado was the 13th state to enact a smoke-free law. To date, 21 other states, including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, have passed similar ordinances that enable their citizens to live and work in healthy environments, free from the effects of secondhand smoke.

Currently, only one in six Colorado adults smoke, and in fact, only 15 percent of women in Colorado smoke. Colorado now ranks 9th in the nation for the lowest prevalence of adult smoking.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit http://www.cancer.org.

About the American Lung Association of Colorado

The American Lung Association is committed to preventing lung disease and promoting lung health through education, research and advocacy. It offers practical help to people living with asthma, emphysema and other lung diseases. The association also addresses lung disease at the root level, educating kids about the dangers of smoking, pushing for more smoke-free workplaces and even working to reduce air pollution. For more information, visit http://www.lungcolorado.org.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation's oldest
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