Atlantic City casinos 3/4 smoke free
Today all the casinos in
Atlantic City became officially 75% smoke-free.
Exactly one year after a
complete ban on smoking in restaurants and indoor buildings in
New Jersey, now the ban on smoking is in effect in the casinos,
as well. The new law restricted smoking in AC casinos in no more
than 25% of the casino floor.
Initially, the law was
supposed to forbid smoking in the casinos entirely, but met
strong opposition from the industry, fearing the lost of at
least 20% of it customer base. The law was modified to include
1/4 of the casino floor for smokers. Eventually, the casinos
will have to screen the smoking section from the rest of the
floor, and employ the use of air-conditioning units to draw the
smoke out as soon as possible. The plans for the smoker sections
of each of the 11 casinos in Atlantic City need to be submitted
to the state by the 15th of September, and when approved, have
to be started within 90 days from the approval.
The overall feeling is
that both smokers and non-smokers are satisfied with the new
requirements, and it will be business as usual for the NJ