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AC council to vote on smoking ban

7 February 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance to mostly ban smoking on casino floors at its 5 p.m. meeting today.

"If passed, Ordinance 86 would limit smoking to 25 percent of casino gaming floors starting April 15. The law would also require casinos to quickly submit plans and begin constructing separate enclosures for smokers.

"While the law says casinos can set aside up to a quarter of the gaming floor for smokers, nothing in the ordinance says it has to be contiguous. This means instead of one large smoking zone, casinos could instead build several separate, smaller facilities to cater to different classes of gamblers.

"The local ordinance would mostly close the loophole created last year when new state anti-smoking laws that took effect April 15 banned smoking at public indoor spaces through most of the state except for casino floors…"

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