Workers renew effort to ban smoking in Rhode Island casinos

Workers renew effort to ban smoking in Rhode Island casinos

Article brief provided by The Boston Globe
  • Edward Fitzpatrick, The Boston Globe
December 27, 2022 6:28 PM
  • Edward Fitzpatrick, The Boston Globe

Vanessa Baker, a gaming supervisor at Bally’s Tiverton Casino, sees only two options as she fights to ban smoking at Rhode Island’s casinos.

“I am going to get fired or die because it’s killing me,” she said.

Baker, 57, of Portsmouth, takes 10 medications, uses two inhalers, and now needs a nebulizer. She attributes her respiratory problems to the cigarette smoke she has inhaled during 30 years working in casinos…

The General Assembly’s 2023 legislative session is about to begin in January. And state Representative Teresa A. Tanzi, a Narragansett Democrat, is planning to reintroduce a bill that would eliminate the exemption that Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino and Bally’s Tiverton Casino have to the smoke-free workplace requirement in the Public Health and Workplace Safety Act.