Harrah's backs off total smoking ban in AC

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - October 14, 2008 The company said last week it would open smoking lounges at all four casinos on Wednesday. That's when a 7-day ban on smoking on the gambling floor takes place.

But Harrah's now says when the ban is lifted on Oct. 22, it will join the rest of the city's casinos and allow smoking on 25 percent of the casino floor.

Harrah's Eastern Division President J. Carlos Tolosa says to do otherwise would put the company at a competitive disadvantage.

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