Pennsylvania state rep introduces bill to end smoking in casinos

Pennsylvania state rep introduces bill to end smoking in casinos

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  • Corey Sharp, PlayPennsylvania
September 18, 2023 8:58 PM
  • Corey Sharp, PlayPennsylvania

Smoking inside Pennsylvania casinos has been a controversy over the last several years. Those days could be winding down after Allegheny County Democratic Rep. Dan Frankel rolled out the Protecting Workers from Secondhand Smoke Act.

The bill would effectively end smoking in PA casinos and other facilities that came under the exemption of the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008.

Most casino patrons got a reprieve from smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the state and certain counties also had mask mandates. After those were lifted, most casinos went back to indoor smoking.

The Protecting Workers from Secondhand Smoke Act, otherwise known as House Bill 1657, will close the loopholes the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008 had included in its bill.