Workers Confident About Atlantic City Casino Smoking Ban
Workers are confident about Atlantic City Casino Smoking Ban. New Jersey banned smoking in most indoor public spaces 16 years ago.
Workers in Atlantic City casinos are calling on state lawmakers to pass a bill banning smoking in the casinos.
It's the 16th anniversary of the New Jersey law that banned smoking in most indoor public spaces, excepted casinos. Around 250 casino workers gathered in an Atlantic City park by the ocean on Tuesday to protest against the law. Governor Phil Murphy has said he'll sign the ban if it's passed.
It's the 16th anniversary of New Jersey's ban on indoor public area smoking. The casino industry in Atlantic City and the state's main casino labor union are against the smoking ban. An independent gambling research firm claims that a smoking bans could see 2,500 jobs lost and a drop in casino revenue of almost 11%. The union's president Bob McDevitt is urging lawmakers to avoid passing a ban and claims it would mean lost jobs for his union and throughout the New York state.
The bill has 28 co-sponsors in the Assembly and 15 in Senate. It has not yet been heard in state Legislature. Assemblywoman Claire Swift said that the casinos can figure it out. Borgata dealer Pete Naccarelli predicted that it would pass today.