Caesars board against smoke-free casinos, says it ‘may risk alienating’ customers

Caesars board against smoke-free casinos, says it ‘may risk alienating’ customers

Article brief provided by Play Pennsylvania
  • Corey Sharp, Play Pennsylvania
June 13, 2024 4:15 PM
  • Corey Sharp, Play Pennsylvania

Caesars Entertainment Board of Directors unanimously voted down a proposal from shareholders on Tuesday that would investigate the potential cost savings from going smoke-free in its retail casinos, including Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester.

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Despite Pennsylvania passing the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008, there are loopholes that allow smoking on the gaming floor inside casinos.

Both of Parx Casino‘s locations in Bensalem and Shippensburg are the only two properties that are voluntarily smoke-free in the state. The Bensalem property has not skipped a beat, as its been the top-grossing casino for years in the Keystone State.

Allegheny County Democratic Rep. Dan Frankel introduced a bill last September that would eliminate smoking altogether in Pennsylvania casinos.