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Banning smoking in casinos may cut ambulance calls

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A study out of Gilpin County, Colorado, a tourist destination with 26 casinos just west of Denver, shows that banning smoking in casinos can significantly cut the number of ambulance calls made from the facilities.

Researchers studied the number of emergency calls made from casinos before and after smoking was banned in the county in 2008, and found ambulance calls dropped 20 percent after gamblers were not allowed to smoke indoors.

A similar drop in ambulance calls was also seen after smoking was banned in restaurants and bars in the area in 2006.

Experts say secondhand smoke in the casinos can increase the risk for blood clots, which could cause both heart attacks and strokes.

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