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Atlantic City to consider full smoking ban in casinos

24 March 2008

ATLANTIC CITY -- As reported by the Atlantic City Press: "City Council will again attempt to outlaw smoking in city casinos next week as the passage of a watered-down ban approaches its first anniversary.

"It was somewhat self-executing in that the one-year anniversary is almost here and little has been done to comply with the partial ban," Councilman Bruce Ward said on Friday.

"A full ban was initially proposed in February 2007 before officials amended the ordinance to a partial ban in the face of intense opposition from the resort's casinos. The measure allowed smoking in 25 percent of each casino, upsetting many. Arguments increased as the months progressed, with non-smoking advocates complaining that the casinos were dragging their feet to enact what the ordinance called for.

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