Senecas should ban smoking in casinos

I read the May 28 News story about the Seneca Nation’s new approach to help reduce diabetes and promote better health among its people. It was wonderful to see the results of a better diet and exercise among the Seneca Nation.

But I also was amused and yet saddened to think that the Seneca Nation does not practice what it is preaching in its casinos. All you have to do is walk into the casino and you are forced to breathe secondhand smoke.

Let’s face it, it is all about profit from cigarette sales. The Seneca management does not care about the health of its employees or guests. We all know the dangers of cigarette smoking, yet the Senecas continue to peddle the smokes at $6 a pack.

I am a former smoker, and it took me 21 years to see the light. Secondhand smoke causes illness and death – period. So I applaud the Senecas for helping to reduce diabetes among their tribe. How about practicing what they are preaching and honoring the laws of the state and banning smoking in their casinos? Hopefully, this will be addressed when the compact comes up for renewal.

Christopher M. Swan Sr.