By a vote of 5-4, the City Council of Atlantic City yesterday delayed the enactment of a total smoking ban at Atlantic City's casinos.
An ordinance that was to take effect October 15, would have mandated that Atlantic City's 11 casinos implement a total ban on smoking but yesterday's vote will delay that measure for a year.
Currently, smoking is limited to 25% of Atlantic City's gaming floors. The total ban on smoking was delayed due to the economic conditions and after much lobbying by casino officials.
A final City Council vote must still take place October 22, technically requiring the casinos to implement the total smoking ban for a week unless a special meeting is held before the October 15 deadline.
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