Tens of thousands of Californians work without the protection of the state's smoke-free workplace laws and their number is growing as more casinos open in the state, a panel of Indian and non-Indian experts told the Contra Costa County Tobacco Prevention Coalition on Thursday.
The problem looms large in Contra Costa County, where at least three casinos are in various stages of planning.
The project furthest along is a 2,500-slot machine casino in San Pablo authorized under a compact between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, which awaits ratification by the state Legislature.
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