NJ considers total smoking ban for casinos

March 10, 2009 10:57:31 AM PDT
New Jersey is thinking of doing what Atlantic City has been unable or unwilling to do: impose a total smoking ban on all 11 casinos. A state senate committee is considering a bill to remove the casino exemption to the statewide smoking ban in public places.

Casino workers and anti-smoking advocates testified Tuesday that dealers and casino floor workers deserve the same protections as any other worker.

But casinos say the rotten economy and competition from Pennsylvania make this the worst possible time to chase away smoking customers.

No vote is scheduled. The Atlantic City council has tried three times to ban smoking in casinos.

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