Letter to the Editor: Twin Arrows (Casino) Workers Should Be Smoke-Free

July 23, 2013

The Daily Sun: July 20, 2013

To the editor:

Despite progress in other workplaces, tribal members still have to work in casinos filled with toxic secondhand smoke (SHS). Casino workers are getting sick and dying from breathing SHS, which includes over 250 toxins and 69 carcinogens.

The U.S. Surgeon General declared 49 years ago tobacco smoke kills people who smoke and 27 years ago he warned SHS kills non-smokers.

When there is secondhand smoke, everyone smokes.

The Surgeon General says there is no safe level of exposure and ventilation cannot eliminate the danger. Five minutes in a room with smoke stiffens the aorta, making it difficult to pump blood; 20 minutes causes blood platelets to become stickier, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke; 2 hours and heart rhythm is affected, which can cause fibrillations. Brief exposure can cause sudden dangerous respiratory and cardiac events for some, especially for those with preexisting conditions and seniors. The effects are serious for those who have to work in it.

Commercial tobacco smoke not only takes years off our lives, it fills the rest with chronic diseases that eat away our bodies, devastate our families, and financially destroy us.

There are now 500+ smokefree gaming venues and casinos in the U.S. (ALL Canadian casinos are smokefree). Please ask the Twin Arrows Casino to protect the health of the 800 Navajo employees in the casino by providing them with a safe, healthy smokefree workplace.

Please stand up for their right to a safe, healthy workplace — just like we have.

Bernice Carver


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Maricopa County Medical Society Leads By Example

July 19, 2013

This article is provided courtesy of the Maricopa County Medical Society official publication, Round-up

Maricopa County Medical Society Moves to a Smoke-free Campus

Professional physician organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the quality of care and the health of employees.

When the employees of the Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS) reported to work on Friday, February 1, 2013 they were for the first time working at a tobacco-free campus.

The Society’s policy bans the use of all tobacco products, including nicotine cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco, on property owned or controlled by MCMS. That includes MCMS’ Business Services such as the Bureau of Medical Economics, a medical collection agency, Greater Arizona Central Credentialing Program, a primary source verification company, Round-up Magazine, and building tenants.

“Reducing death and disease caused by using tobacco products or second-hand smoke is a win for our employees and our community.  At MCMS, we are winning the battle by building on the Arizona law that prohibits smoking in indoor areas of workplaces to now banning smoking outdoors in our workplace,” said Dr. Daniel Lieberman, MCMS Board President.

“I call upon our fellow physicians in Maricopa County to ban tobacco in the outdoor areas of your workplace. If you do not have a tobacco free office or facilities, change the culture. We are the doctors and we set the standard for our employee policies regarding tobacco-free environments,” states Lieberman.

“We want physicians to know MCMS is here to support them with the resources they need to manage a quality practice in the most cost-effective manner,” said Sara Presler, MCMS CEO. “Our doctors in Maricopa County understand that what happens outside of their offices and hospitals is just as critical as what happens inside of their offices and hospitals. A tobacco-free policy is a good step in that direction. MCMS represents doctors in Maricopa County. It makes good sense that we are taking this step, side by side, with our Members.”

Two New Youth Initiatives from Legacy

July 18, 2013

New truth® Mobile Game Graffiti Collective Press Release

Legacy’s recently release mobile game allows players use their creative skills to create on-screen graffiti “Tags,” “Throwies” and “Burners” that can be geo-tagged or overlaid on players’ photos.  Graffiti Collective is a two-part game: part graffiti-creation tool and part graffiti writing gameplay.  The game is available for free download on iOS 4.5+ and most Android 2.2+ devices.  


truth® Announces National Skateboard Design Contest Winner

For the first time ever, truth teamed up with Vans to participate in their annual Custom Culture competition. The Vans Custom Culture competition challenges high school students across the US to customize 4 pairs of blank Vans sneakers to win $50,000 for their school’s art program.  This year, truth added a new contest layer by challenging the top 50 semi-finalist schools to customize a skateboard deck with a design inspired by their reaction to the following ugly truth about Big Tobacco:

As early as 1998, execs from one major tobacco company discussed “covertly” contacting graffiti artists to paint for them in key locations.

Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative Expands to US Dept of Education

July 18, 2013

The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative has expanded their promotion efforts to the U.S. Department of Education (DoEd).  Read Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh’s guest blog on the DoEd’s official blog website.  The blog highlights the goal of eliminating tobacco use on college and university campuses nationwide, our significant progress on this front, and a link to the updated www.TobaccoFreeCampus.org website.