YouTube and Facebook celebrity and gaming influencer Brian Christopher is taking a stand against smoking in casinos.
Christopher Monday announced that going forward, he will only promote smoke-free casinos and gaming spaces.
“It is time for gaming to join the ranks of the best entertainment venues, restaurants and bars that went smokefree years ago,” Christopher said in a statement. “The health of those who work and play in casinos should be just as important as in any other industry. With only 13 percent of the US population smoking nowadays, it no longer makes sense that 100 percent of patrons should have to be exposed to harmful chemicals.”
Christopher, who posts videos of himself playing slot machines on his YouTube and Facebook pages, Brian Christopher Slots, reaches 5 million unique viewers per month. A section of the slot floor at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas bears his name, and he has an exclusive partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines.
He also is an official advocate for the American Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Foundation and supports Casino Employees Against Smoking Effects (CEASE).
“We thank Brian Christopher for his unwavering support of casino workers and joining us in the fight for smoke-free casinos,” said ANR President and CEO Cynthia Hallett. “As we continue our campaign to make all casinos smoke-free indoors, Brian Christopher’s commitment to promote only smoke-free gaming spaces will help raise awareness of this serious issue and the conditions casino workers are forced to endure.”
The Plaza Hotel & Casino will expand the space devoted to Christopher curated slots from approximately 25 to more than 85, making it the the first entirely smoke-free gaming area in Downtown Las Vegas
“BCSlots at the Plaza has been very successful,” said Plaza Hotel & Casino Marketing Manager Lisa Melmed. “Guests enjoy playing the games that they have seen Brian play in his videos, and many appreciate the fact that his dedicated area is smoke-free.”
Christopher noted that he is almost fully booked for visits to smoke-free casinos in 2023 “as we continue to attract younger demographics with our premium experiences,” he said. “Millennials and Gen Z grew up in a smoke-free world — and they demand it.”