Posted by: audreybenenati | February 16, 2010

Ill with terminal lung cancer, ex-slot manager presses for ban


Cheryl Rose, diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in June 2008, worked in casinos in Las Vegas for 22 years. She wants to help transform the industry with a ban on smoking.

By Liz Benston

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 | 2 a.m.

60-year-old Cheryl Rose has never smoked, but she has Stage 4 lung cancer from the second-hand smoke in the casino where she worked for 22 years. She’s now working with groups like Smoke-Free Gaming to fight for the right to a smoke-free workplace. Smoke-Free Gaming came to Las Vegas to protest the opening of CityCenter’s casino Aria, which is a LEED-certified "green" building but still allows smoking.

In April 2008, 60-year-old Cheryl Rose got a bad cough that wouldn’t go away.

Her doctors thought she had asthma — a bizarre turn for a woman who had never had difficulty breathing, not even during frequent workouts at the gym.

A few weeks later, an X-ray revealed that her right lung was filling with fluid at a frightening rate. Doctors told Rose, a woman who lived a healthy lifestyle and had never taken regular medications, that she probably wouldn’t live to see 2009.

Rose was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in June 2008. She had never smoked, and there was no history of cancer in her family. Doctors told Rose what she had suspected: Her cancer likely resulted from years of inhaling smoke at work — in casinos.

And now that she’s dying, Rose is on a mission to reform the industry where she spent the best years of her life. She wants smoking banned in casinos.

Read the rest at http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/feb/14/ill-terminal-lung-cancer-ex-floor-manager-presses-/

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