|The Publican magazine reports that a casino worker, Michael Dunn, 58, in London has received an out-of-court settlement of more than £50,000 (U.S. $80,000), after claiming he had developed asthma through exposure for more than 14 years to second-hand smoke while working as an inspector at the Napoleon Casino in central London. . |
Napoleon’s did not accept liability for his illness, but paid off, presumably to avoid the bad publicity of a public lawsuit case presentable in court. Dunn claimed he had been a “fit and healthy marathon runner until exposure to cigar and cigarette smoke,” which he claimed developed his asthma.
Other casino workers may now step forward with similar claims. However, Oliver Griffiths, a spokesman for the pressure group Atmosphere Improves Results, feels the Napoleon Casino does not present a health hazard that is typical. He explained: “The casino is underground and has very poor ventilation. It is disgraceful in fact. Most places are not like this. But it is a very good lesson for operators how investing £2,000 in ventilator systems is better than £50,000 in lawyers.”
At home, playing casinos on the Internet, you can open a window, or not be around smoke at all.