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A.C. isolated smoking areas proposed

5 February 2007

TRENTON, New Jersey – As reported by the Delaware News Jersey: "Isolating smoking areas, as are now proposed for Atlantic City casinos, intensifies smoke contamination inside and out of the smoking area, according to a New Jersey anti-smoking group that took readings on similar gaming floors in Rhode Island.

"'The more tightly you concentrate the pollution sources, the more highly you increase the pollution,' said Regina Carlson, executive director of the Summit-based group called New Jersey Group Against Smoking Pollution, or GASP.

"Carlson said the smoking section in one Rhode Island casino, containing 30 percent of the gaming area, showed more polluted air than the smoking section in another casino, where the smoking section contained 50 percent of the wagering area.

"…The city council in Atlantic City is wrestling with a municipal smoking law for the casinos, which were spared in last April's state law that banned all smoking in the work place…"

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