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Atlantic City smoking law begins

16 April 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "They complained that they were being treated like outcasts, second-class citizens and 'a rat in a cage.'

"Suddenly, they found themselves crammed into relatively small, smoke-filled sections of the casino floor. Other parts of the casino contained signs that blared the words 'Smoking Prohibited.'

"…For angry smokers, there was a lot more huffing and a lot less puffing at Atlantic City's 11 casinos as a new local law took effect Sunday that restricts smoking to no more than 25 percent of the gaming floor.

"For the first time in the city's 29-year history of casino gambling, most of the gaming floor is off-limits to smoking. Previously, casinos had voluntarily set aside only small areas for nonsmoking gamblers.

"…As another reminder, the Taj Mahal has affixed small decals on its slot machines and video poker games that depict the universal no-smoking symbol, a cigarette with a line drawn through it.

"…Casinos fear gamblers will flee Atlantic City en masse for gaming jurisdictions that don't have smoking restrictions…"

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