Casino Smoking Study Suggests Bans Don't Mean Casinos Lose Out
Casino Smoking Study suggests that casinos will be fine even in the short term after policy changes. Some of the study’s subjects experienced a bump in their businesses.
Casino Smoking Study suggests that casinos don't lose revenue due to smoking bans. The study was commissioned by the Casino Association of New Jersey. It's unclear if the study will sway the issue of smoking ban exemptions. in states that have exemptions from smoking laws, some are considering repealing them. In March, Spectrum Gaming Group’s research concluded that Atlantic City casinos could lose up to 11% of their annual revenue if they repealed their current exemption for casinos to indoor smoking.
People who smoke while gambling do not abandon casinos when smoking rules changed. There was little difference in revenue in casinos that differed in smoking policies overall. Some non-smoking properties are outperforming their counterparts that allow smoking.
New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are considering casino smoking bans. Five casinos in Pennsylvania have already imposed their own indoor smoking ban. Bally's operates both casinos and recently changed its policy on indoor cigarette smoking. Legislators in New Jersey and the casino workers union are behind a repeal measure. C3 study claims that repealing the exemptions would lead to a loss of revenue and further loss the jobs.