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AC smoking ordinance approved

25 January 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Despite resounding opposition from casino employees and anti-smoking activists, City Council breathed life into an amended ordinance Wednesday night that would allow smoking on one-fourth of casino gaming floors.

"Under the new ordinance, instead of a full-fledged smoking ban, which originally was slated for its final vote, a compromise would allow casinos to offer enclosed and separately ventilated smoking sections on 25 percent of their gaming floors.

"…However, Councilman Dennis Mason, who sponsored the compromise measure after private and lengthy negotiations with the Casino Association of New Jersey, told the crowd of more than 200 that the smoking-section employees would be volunteers.

"…The measure passed 7-2, with Councilman Tim Mancuso arriving late and submitting his vote after the official roll call was recorded. Councilmen Gene Robinson, who proposed the original smoking ban, and Bruce Ward voted against the measure. A final vote is required for the ordinance to become law…"

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