Monday, October 6, 2008

Atlantic City To Consider Delaying Casino Smoking Ban

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Atlantic City's 11 casinos were to adopt a total smoking ban next week but the City Council will consider on Wednesday whether to delay the ban.

The smoking ban was to go into effect October 15 but it could be delayed due to considerations of the economic situation and suggestions by casino owners and at least one casino union official that the ban be delayed.

The law that was passed in April bans smoking on the gaming floors but allows the casinos to set up enclosed and ventilated smoking lounges. Smoking has been restricted to up to 25 percent of the gaming floor for the last year and a half.

City Councilors have acknowledged that many casino workers suppoort the total smoking ban and expect workers to show up at the City Council meeting this Wednesday.