Austintown racino will be smoke free

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Many people are anticipating the opening of the Austintown racino, which will be the fourth one in Ohio owned by Penn National Gaming.

All of the company’s facilities are non-smoking, and only hire non-smokers. The Austintown location will be no exception and only non-smokers will be considered for employment.

Penn National Gaming spokesman Bob Tenenbaum said it’s part of a much larger corporate wellness effort.

“We provide employees with healthy foods in our employee dining facilities. We have workout rooms for employees,” he said.

The spokesman said one of the major factors is that the policy helps control health care costs.

When potential employees take the initial drug test to get hired, they’re being tested for nicotine at that time as well.

“Basically, the employees aren’t going to be able to smoke anywhere because we’re looking for people who are non-smokers and test negative for nicotine,” Tenenbaum said.

Austintown leaders are optimistic about the new racino. And they don’t believe the non-smoking policy will stop people from applying for jobs. They just see it as another policy with which employees must comply.

“As far as the hiring process goes, I think people are looking at this differently now. To work in health care, we have requirements at the township for our employees that they’ve got to follow, so this is just one of the guidelines that Penn National has to receive a job working for them,” said Austintown trustee Jim Davis.

Penn National is very serious about its non-smoking policy. The company will be doing random nicotine testing to make sure employees are complying.

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