Analysis Compares Casino Floor Air to Wildfire Smoke

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RENO, NV -- The Nevada Public Health Association says it believes the air in Reno during the Rim Fire and air at casino gaming floors are comparable. Lead investigator Chris Pritsos of the University of Nevada, Reno, says published data on casino air was used for the analysis.

Researchers looked at PM 2.5, or small particles.

"They go deep into the lungs and that's what can trigger asthmatic attacks or enhanced bronchitis," Pritsos said.

Pritsos says the analysis points to the need for additional bans on where people may smoke. In 2006, Nevada voters approved the Clean Indoor Air Act. The measure banned smoking in many public places, but specifically exempted casino floors from the ban.