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Tests show Casino Queen air is smoky

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By Sean Crawford, Illinois Public Radio

Springfield, IL – The American Lung Association of Illinois says air samples taken from inside the Casino Queen in East St. Louis are at unhealthy levels. They say it proves that casinos should become smoke-free on January 1st, along with other businesses.

The Casino Queen has been totally renovated, including a multi-million dollar air ventilation system. But the Lung Association says the air is still bad due to cigarette smoke.

The group did undercover tests on two occasions last month...according to the Association's Kathy Drea, "No ventilation system, no matter how expensive or state of the art, removes the toxins and carcinogens from the air."

A spokesman for the Casino Queen says he's unclear if the ventilation system was working at full capacity when the air samples were taken and says he's convinced that system will improve air quality for gamblers and workers.

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