Report: Atlantic City Having Trouble Enforcing Casino Smoking Ban

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)Atlantic City and casino officials were mostly failing to enforce the measure that bans smoking on most areas of casino floors, according to a published report.

After nearly banning smoking altogether at casinos, the city imposed the partial ban in 2007. The change of heart came when the economy crashed and casinos feared a complete smoking ban would cost them more customers.

As a compromise, smoking was banned from 75 percent of casino floors. And casinos were allowed to construct enclosed smoking lounges on the remaining floor area. However, The Press of Atlantic City, which reviewed city records and recently observed floor activity in all 11 casinos, found enforcement of the smoking ban has been virtually nonexistent.

City health officials say limited resources have hampered efforts to enforce the ban.

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  1. Vellocatus says:

    Smoke bans are nothing to do with health, They are about Individual and societal Freedom, Property rights, Social control, Domination, fanatics and nutters, Corruption, Money and Profit etc – but NOT health!

    Passive smoking ‘harm’ is non-existent and in fact, sometimes beneficial (particularly for children)! ALL The evidence in this link can all be verified with a little research;
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    As smoking REDUCES, cancers INCREASE, ASTHMA increases, and HEART problems, while reducing due to improved treatment and control of hypertension and cholesterol etc. are the biggest cause of death in NON-SMOKING men over 50 and women over 60. Cancers are now more prevalent in non and ex-smokers than smokers.

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    It has now been shown that smoking improves brain performance and this has implications for those who suffer from cognitive and mental health problems. Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Dementure (prevented or delayed by smoking) are increasing too;

    
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    The gullible need to wise up – tobacco prohibition will NOT prevent you from falling victim to so called ‘smoke related’ illness!

  2. JF says:

    It’s because of the heavy amount of smokers in a casino that I took my money and go to a racetrack instead where smoking is banned. I have not been to a casino in 3 years because they will look the other way before they ban or enforce smoking laws.

  3. VY says:

    A smoking bam is a SMOKING ban.
    It’s NOT a prelude to banning booze again, like we did at the beginning of the 20th century.
    That ban only produced oragnized crime.
    The difference is that if you are sitting next to me drinking booze, I am unaffected.
    If you are sitting next to me and smoking, I am forced to breath in your smoke.
    Then my only choice would be to breat in that smoke, or leave the area, which prevents me from gambling.
    You can gamble without smoking but I can NOT gamble without breating.

  4. db says:

    Smoking bans are just for starters. A practice run for a renewed war on alcohol. I’m surprised most Americans don’t recognise where this is going. You pro banners out there are merely hastening the approach of much more draconian controls of peoples’ lives. Of course the puritan agenda also includes getting rid of gambling as well You cannot pick and choose where the control freaks are concerned. Time to wake up….

  5. EJ says:

    Its very simple have casinos and bars that you can smoke in and one’s you can’t. And let the people go where they want.

  6. Steve says:

    I would not go to Atlantic city if they banned smoking either would anyone else who smokes and gambles. For some reason I saw a T.V special explained our young nation grew tobacco and England put a tax on it because we did it so well. {England made a fortune exploiting us under we got smart and kicked there ass back to England and then WE took the taxes and created the United States Of America}

  7. c. says:

    GAMBLING=DRINKS AND SMOKING +$$$$for casinos

  8. Orbal says:

    Mike,
    It is not liberalism that restricts your “right” to smoke.
    What about my right to breathe clean air?
    Why should i have to breathe your nasty smoke?

  9. Don Juan says:

    Didn’t NJ remove / lay-off most of its casino enforcement personnel?

  10. Thomas Killeen says:

    so, smoking is banned yet marijuana can be purchased at your local pharmacy.

  11. RHODA MILLER says:

    PEOPLE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO SMOKE MAKE THE IDEAL CLIENTELE FOR THE CASINOS.

    I THINK IT IS THE HEALTH OF THE EMPLOYEES THAT IS IN QUESTION. IT IS NOT EASY FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE TO GET SUCH GOOD PAID JOBS IN THIS ECONOMY, SO THEY ARE FORCED TO RISK THEIR HEALTH. YOU’D THINK PEOPLE WOUD BE CONSIDERATE ENOUGH TO CONFINE THEIR SMOKING TO DESIGNATED AREAS IF IN NEED OF A FIX AND NOT PUT THE ENMPLOYEES AT RISK, .BUT THEN SMOKERS ARE NOTORIOUSLY INCONSIDERATE.

    1. bigmamamuley says:

      Rhoda, it is very simple, don’t take a job where people smoke. If i were an owner, I would have a policy that only smokers were allowed to be employees, and customers, in my private business. All others, should patronize other non smoking establishments, and this is coming from a former smoker.

  12. Mike Hunt says:

    Stop the insanity! The government is invading everyone’s rights. Bloombergism has to stop! The government is trying to control everyone. Liberalism has to be stopped immediately.

    1. RHODA MILLER says:

      IT ISN’T SO MUCH YOUR WELL-BEING THAT IS OF CONCERN. THE REST OF US DON’T WANT TO INHALE YOUR SECOND HAND SMOKE. AS LONG AS SMOKERS PAY A PREMIUM FOR HEALTH INSURANCE – SMOKING DOESN’T KILL QUICKLY – THEN FEEL FREE TO SMOKE IN YOUR OWN SPACE.

      1. Gary S. says:

        Hey Rhoda, I get the impression everybody intrudes on YOUR space, I’ll go along with higher insurance premiums for smokers who already pay very high taxes to smoke, If Obese people also pay higher taxes for fattening foods and Higher insurance premiums as their obesity is leading cause of many known ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure etc..

      2. FJLinSINY says:

        Here here Gary!

    2. ig says:

      idiots like you have to be stopped immediately. and your fellow conservatieves.

  13. kendra says:

    i am really all for the that no smoking policy cause for me personally i get sick…so they really try and reinforce that law cause its very important for people as myself and people with asthma.

  14. Jane says:

    At least the casino owners admit that smokers spend the money and keep them in business.
    A strange economy where business owbers have to be told by a Law how to run their business.

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