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Smoking ban hits gambling numbers

9 July 2007

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Sun Herald: "Hotel gaming-machine takings have slumped by up to a third just one week after the introduction of new statewide smoking laws.

"A survey by the Australian Hotels Association of 42 members found that gaming machine takings had fallen between 10 and 30 per cent among the pubs.

"However, one third had recorded no big changes in overall trade, and 25per cent had shown an increase in turnover from dining..."

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