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My Reaction to The Strip’s First Fully Smoke-Free Casino Resort

Glenn Hasek

MGM Resorts International’s announcement this past week that it would open its Park MGM/NoMad resort as a 100 percent nonsmoking resort was good news for travelers who prioritize good, clean air to breathe. According to MGM’s press release about the opening, it is the Las Vegas Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort. While a long time coming, I applaud MGM for taking this step and strongly encourage the company to repeat it at its other remaining properties around the world. (Listen up other gaming companies as well.)

The announcement comes at a critical time—with the West experiencing its worst fire season ever and a planet trying to get out of the grips of a pandemic. The MGM announcement, the burning West and COVID-19 all have to do with optimizing or hindering our ability to breathe.

One of the first articles ever posted on Green Lodging News 14 years ago dealt with the trend of offering 100 percent nonsmoking rooms. And time and time again I have written about the dangers of first-, second-, and third-hand smoke in hotels. Yet here we are 14 years later and 56 years later after the U.S. surgeon general released the first report on the dangers of cigarette smoking—still talking about the phaseout of smoking.

According to the most recent AHLA/AHLEF/STR Lodging Survey (2018), 63 percent of hotels were 100 percent nonsmoking—the laggards primarily being the hotels in the budget, economy and interstate sectors. Of course, we have most casinos as well.

I realize there are still many smokers out there traveling and many hoteliers are just trying to accommodate them but it is long past time for eliminating this dirty habit from the insides of lodging establishments.

Which is More Hygienic—Hand Dryers of Paper Towels?

Just prior to press time I received a press release from Excel Dryer regarding the publication of a University of Arizona Health Sciences work entitled, “Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature.” To conduct the study, the research team considered 293 papers and published studies for inclusion in their review. The purpose of the review: to uncover which hand drying method, hand dryers or paper towels, is more hygienic and safer relative to human health risks—certainly important at this pandemic time. Watch for the results of this review in the coming week on Green Lodging News.

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