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New VLT, smoking rules hit P.E.I. bars

21 September 2009

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, Canada -- As reported by the CBC: "Some Island bar owners are taking two hits to the wallet from the province this week, with the closure of their smoking rooms and the removal of their video lottery terminals.

"The province announced this spring it would be consolidating VLTs, with more of them in fewer bars. The VLTs were pulled from many bars this week. Also this week, new regulations on the Smoke-free Places Act came into effect, banning smoking rooms.

While ...about 40 ...owners lost their VLTs, about 40 other establishments doubled their allotment of machines from five to 10.

"...Atlantic Lottery says when the transition is complete P.E.I. will have about 25 per cent fewer VLTs..."

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