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Atlantic City to delay smoking ban for one year

27 October 2008

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by Forbes: "When Atlantic City passed a law in April banning smoking on the gambling floor of all 11 casinos here, Liz String was relieved. The 26-year dealer at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City was counting the days until Oct. 15, when the law took effect.

"But after less than two weeks of breathing clean air, String and other dealers could be back in the smoke as soon as Monday night.

"On Monday the City Council plans to postpone the smoking ban for at least a year due to the crumbling economy. If that happens, the casinos will revert to the previous arrangement under which smoking was restricted to no more than 25 percent of the casino floor.

"If the council approves the law and Mayor Scott Evans signs it immediately afterward, the ban could be lifted by night's end. However, Evans has refused to say if and when he'll sign the postponement.

"Since the ban took effect 12 days ago, revenues have plummeted at most Atlantic City casinos..."

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