Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Double Down for your Health

A recent study by the University of Nevada indicates that exposure to second-hand smoke in casinos can damage one's DNA and ultimately lead to heart disease or cancer. No argument there. It's a good thing these scientists didn't do research on the harmful effects of the Sports Book, or what a friend of mine calls the "Cancer Room." But there has also been an increase in nonsmoking areas within a number of casinos. And I am also certain that playing table games (definitely not slots) can help prevent Alzheimer's Disease: If keeping your mind active is a key weapon in the fight against this terrible illness, how much more active can it get, trying to keep track of the point and odds on your 6 and 8, 5 and 9, and pressing it? Or when to hit on a 16 and stand on a 12? The mental gymnastics can be quite rigorous--which, I guess, makes me Bela Karolyi.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Here in Vegas, we refer to the people who sit for hours on end playing the button pushing games as "rats at a feeder bar."

Those who have tried the non-smoking casinos thus far ended up losing money. Non-smoking areas within the casinos has worked out pretty well, but I don't forsee a non-smoking, profitable Sports Book in any of the more successful casinos any time soon. Smoking, drinking, debauchery, and cancer getting is what makes us Vegas ... baby.