Atlantic City Casino Smoking Ban Backers Don't Take Summer Off
Supporters of a ban on smoking at Atlantic City casinos gathered at the United Auto Workers office in Linwood, about 10 miles west of Atlantic city. They are hoping to get a smoking ban bill passed before the New Jersey legislative session. They also want to avoid following Maryland's lead in permitting smoking in outdoor areas. Chris Moyer of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and Corrine Orlando of the American Heart Association warn against that approach.
The United Auto Workers represents table game dealers at several casinos in Atlantic City. Patrick Ashton and Naccarelli say the industry's resistance to a smoking ban is out of date. The argument that forcing smokers outside would be bad for business is challenged. Moyer points to the potential boon for those prone to gambling. He asks why it's okay to force people to take breaks.
General indoor ban passed in NJ 16 years ago. Current law allows casinos to allow smoking in 25% of their slots and table gaming space. The ban was lifted last summer. It's past time that casino workers have the same protections as every other worker in New Jersey.