NJ Not Yet Following PA's Lead On Ending Casino Smoking Ban

NJ Not Yet Following PA's Lead On Ending Casino Smoking Ban

Pa. Gaming Control Board has just ended the ban on smoking in casinos. New Jersey governor has no news on the same thing. The ban was introduced in both Pennsylvania and New York last summer.

NJ Gaming Board has lifted the ban on casino smoking. PA has already lifted its ban. The state's vaccination levels are exceeding the national average.

Americans for Nonsmokers' rights wants Pennsylvania to reinstate the ban on indoor smoking. Casino operators have long recognized a link between smoking and gambling. An end of smoking seems likely to lead to a reduction in badly needed tax revenue.

The Casino Association of New Jersey objects to a smoking ban in Atlantic City casinos. The association claims it would have a negative effect on the casinos and would cause job loss and a decline in tax revenue. Some industry officials suggest the end to the smoking bans in neighboring states could chase gambling spending across the border.

NJ Not Yet Following PA's Lead On Ending Casino Smoking Ban. Private casinos in the city are free to ban smoking completely, but only at Revel, the $2.4 billion casino that had its lavish opening in 2012 and its closure in 2014. A poll shows just 21% of Atlantic City residents are in favor of a resumption of smoking at the casinos.

Gov. Murphy and all 120 lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly are up for election in November. He is the only person with the emergency executive powers to make such a decision. New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, and Colorado ban smoking in “state-regulated gambling” locations. In New Jersey, the ban is not yet in effect.

NJ Not Following PA's Lead On Ending Casino Smoking Ban.

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