December 16, 2021 12:52 AM
There’s a permanent change now inside Harrah’s Cherokee casinos in the mountains. Tribal leaders have voted to ban indoor smoking for good inside their facilities.
Up until the pandemic shut things down in March of 2020, Harrah’s casinos in Cherokee and Murphy allowed smoking inside. A couple months later when the casinos re-opened, a temporary smoking ban was put in place per COVID-19 safety protocols. And now, with the vote of Tribal Council, that smoking ban will become permanent.
“From a public health perspective, obviously we are very excited and happy about that vote,” says Vickie Bradley, Cherokee secretary of Public Health and Human Services.