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Compromise on smoking ban to be voted on wed 24th

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Compromise on smoking ban to be voted on wed 24th

ATLANTIC CITY — On the eve of a City Council vote to ban smoking in casinos, a compromise measure is making the rounds that would still allow gamblers to light up — albeit on a limited basis.

The new ordinance would allow smoking on 25 percent of a casino's gaming floor, with the smoking sections enclosed and separately ventilated from the rest of the building.

“I have an understanding that we owe the casino industry some kind of a compromise instead of banning (smoking) completely,” said Councilman Dennis Mason, who sponsored the measure after about four weeks of negotiations with the Casino Association of New Jersey, a trade group representing the resort's 11 casinos. “I think this is fair.”

The ordinance counters the original measure, which was designed to close a loophole in 2006 state antismoking legislation that specifically exempted casino gaming floors. Both ordinances are scheduled for a vote during Wednesday's City Council meeting.

But Councilman Bruce Ward, who proposed the full ban, maintained that he and fellow ban proponent Councilman Gene Robinson will not waiver from their stance to ban casino smoking outright.

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The full text of the AC Press article can be found at :

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My questions bout the compromise .

1. Will they get this done by April 15th ? Seems like a huge undertaking .

2. How will they get workers for this part of the casino ? Doesn't seem like enough would volunteer .

3. Will they pay workers more in this area ? And will that along with construction costs take away from the comps and such given to all the players .

4. Will places like Ego Lounge at Taj be part of the smoking area ?

( I would think the casinos would want it to be mostly gambling areas that are smoking . And would allowing smoking in a place like Ego be considered unfair to establishments like Hooters who are not included in the 25% smoking area ? )

5. What will happen if these 25% areas are not profitable . Perhaps smokers wont like being in these areas . ( I assume they will have high concentrations of Asian players and games .) And as the smoking population grows smaller there will be less usage .

( Some predictions indicate that US smoking will decrease from 20% to 5% of the population in 5 years .)

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Perhaps the slot machines and VP will be set to pay back less to make up for added cost of maintenance/wages paid in this area? Or there will be higher table minimums for the same reasons?

I do feel that it is fascist to completely ban smoking in casinos, but, as you point out allure, there seems like there will a lot of problems with this compromise, should it come to fruition.

This will be interesting to follow. Never underestimate the pull of the casinos with lawmakers! lol

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Bud ,

Higher table minimums would be a possibility if it didn't hurt business too much . But if the Slots were to be set lower I think we would get an outcry of protests and civil rights suits . Or at least not too many people playing the slots !

Also not stated is would these seperations be 5 foot tall plexiglass panels , or floor to ceiling solid walls . In many casinos you have 50 foot high , ornate ceilings . You would have to build new 15 foot ceilings to accommodate the new walls . Maybe they could then put a bar or something above it . ? ? ?

And with an increased smoke density in the 'smoker's casino' of app. 4 to 5 times what you now get in a casino , would you actually be able to see your cards without a foglight !

Another question ; Would they be able to fit enough variety of games into a 25% area ?

If they put a bar like Ego inside the 25% area non smokers would have to walk through the dense smoke to get to it . And if there are only 20% -30% smokers in the bar , it would still have to be enclosed to keep the air quality from reaching the density of in the smoker's casino .

I guess we'll find out more on Wednesday !

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