EDITORIAL: If New Jersey bans casino smoking, it won’t be due to the science

EDITORIAL: If New Jersey bans casino smoking, it won’t be due to the science

Article brief provided by The Press of Atlantic City Editorial Board
  • The Press of Atlantic City Editorial Board
May 18, 2021 12:30 AM
  • The Press of Atlantic City Editorial Board

    The widespread and largely unstoppable campaign against smoking is again targeting casinos in New Jersey.

    Smoking has been restricted to certain areas in casinos for years. The casinos also have deployed powerful ventilation and air-filtration systems to ensure their customers, especially those who don’t smoke or vape, get air quality that is fresh and clean.

    Casino companies long have said that smoking bans would cut the number of customers, reducing tax revenue for the state and jobs for people in the Atlantic City region.

    A partial smoking ban was tried in 2008. It lasted less than three weeks after casinos experienced double-digit declines in revenue.