California Casino Smokefree
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) presented Redding Rancheria Tribal leadership and Win-River Resort Casino management with Smokefree Business Awards for their newly remodeled 100 percent smokefree indoor air facility. The awards were presented during the annual National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) expo held at the San Diego Convention Center last month.

The casino held its grand re-opening of this property on March 14, 2014 and since then, it has experienced great business and very positive feedback from employees, players and the community.

“It’s the best decision we ever made,” Gary Hayward, general manager of the Redding, Calif.-based Win-River Resort and Casino, said in a prepared statement. “Not only was going smokefree the best for health, but it has also been good for business. We’ve had more new profiles added to our players’ club, and community groups like the Soroptimist Club are bringing their meetings and business to us now that we are smokefree.”

“One hundred percent of tribal membership was in support of adopting the smokefree policy,” added Jack Potter, Jr., vice chairman of the Redding Rancheria Tribal Council.

Many casinos have successfully transitioned from smoke-filled to smokefree spaces, and there are now over 500 smokefree commercial and tribal gambling facilities across the U.S., according to ANR. Smokefree tribal casinos ensure that gaming jobs are in an environment that is healthy and free from secondhand commercial tobacco smoke, and beneficial to all tribal employees, patrons and customers.