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Cynthia Hallet

President and CEO, American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation

Cynthia Hallet

Used to be, the only relationship between those advocating the elimination of smoking in casinos and the casino industry itself was bad. Protests and shaming were the tools of the supporters of non-smoking and were met by annoyance and avoidance from casino executives. The American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation has changed tactics, however. The group seeks to work with the industry to slowly remove smoking from the casino floor by designing methods to minimize the financial damage and maximize the health benefits. President and CEO Cynthia Hallet explains this strategy and how it’s working in today’s casino industry. She spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from her offices earlier this year.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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