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Ontario casino smoking rooms criticized

17 January 2007

ONTARIO – As reported by CTV News: "Critics are chastising the Ontario government's decision to allow smoking rooms to be built inside provincially owned casinos but not bars and restaurants.

"The casino plan quietly received the green light as revenues plummet because of the tough, new no-smoking law.

"The Smoke Free Ontario Act, which became law last June, prohibits bars and restaurants from providing its patrons with smoking rooms.

"Province-owned casinos in Niagara Falls and Windsor have been building such shelters for gamblers who like to smoke.

"…Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson says casinos can build smoking shelters because their primary business is gambling, not serving alcohol and food.

"…Critics say the casinos are in the hospitality industry and should not be allowed the advantage of smoking enclosures…"

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