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Former assistant US Surgeon General: Smoke-free casinos will reduce COVID-19 risk

A former assistant U.S. Surgeon General is calling on casinos to make their facilities smoke free to protect their employees, guests and liability. Rear Admiral (ret) James M. Galloway, MD, wrote in the June issue of Global Gaming Business magazine, that “the COVID-19 pandemic closed all 989 commercial and tribal casino properties in the U.S.,” and says that now is the time for casinos to “reevaluate the risks and benefits of making their facilities smoke free.”

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10/19/2020

article Bill to ban smoking at casino advances
(Missouri) -- A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking inside St. Joseph’s casino moved past a procedural hurdle Monday, and its passage could come early next...

10/8/2020

article Study: majority of Washoe residents in favor of expanding smoke-free laws
(Nevada) -- Cigarettes and gambling have gone hand in hand for decades. Now, a push for cleaner air in Washoe County casinos and bars is creating conversation. In 2006,...

10/6/2020

article 60% of Washoe County residents would support laws banning smoking at casinos
(Nevada) -- A research project recently published by the Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy shows that 60% of Washoe County residents, and 74% of the...
article Will COVID-19 Kill Smoking In Casinos?
(Nevada) -- From the cigarette-inhaling poker player to the cigar-chomping high roller, smoking while gambling has been part of Nevada since the first casinos opened....

10/5/2020

article Research shows locals in favor of expanding smoke-free laws to include casinos and bars
(Nevada) -- A research project was recently published by the Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy, indicating that 60 percent of Washoe County residents (and...

10/1/2020

article Park MGM casino in Las Vegas reopens with smoke-free policy
(Las Vegas) -- The Park MGM casino reopened on Wednesday for the first time in months after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic with features designed to keep...

9/30/2020

article FIRST LOOK: Inside Park MGM on first day as Vegas Strip's only current smoke-free casino
(Las Vegas) -- Park MGM is welcoming visitors back on Wednesday for the first time in months. To make it happen, they have to have a robust safety plan in place.
article First smoke-free resort on Las Vegas Strip opens: 'My clothes aren't smelling'
(Las Vegas) -- The ashtrays are gone. The card table view is clear. The air is crisp. "My clothes aren't smelling," said 81-year-old Pete Thorne, standing...
article Strip’s first nonsmoking casino opens Wednesday
(Las Vegas) -- MGM Resorts International is set to reopen its final property Wednesday with one major twist: no smoking is allowed. Park MGM will open to the public at...

9/28/2020

article Smoke-free advocates challenge local casinos
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s smoke-free advocates celebrated wins earlier this month when MGM announced its Park MGM and NoMad properties in Las Vegas were shifting to 100...

9/26/2020

article Will Park MGM no-smoking policy set a trend in Las Vegas?
(Las Vegas) -- Public health advocates are praising MGM Resorts International for establishing the Strip’s first nonsmoking casino in decades, but industry...

9/24/2020

article COVID-19 Made Pa.’s Casinos Smoke-Free. Now Advocates Want to Make the Change Permanent
(Pennsylvania) -- When Pennsylvania lawmakers approved the Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) in 2008, placing an effective ban on smoking in public places and workplaces, the...

9/22/2020

article Cosmopolitan Las Vegas further restricts smoking to increase safety
(Las Vegas) -- People who can’t stand smoke in their casino experience are increasingly getting what they want. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has confirmed it has...
article Cosmopolitan Latest Las Vegas Strip Casino to Crack Down on Smoking
(Las Vegas) -- The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip has banned smoking in some public areas at the resort. This comes as the nearby Park MGM prepares to...

9/21/2020

article No smoking policies inside hotel-casinos spreading
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas’ relaxed smoking policies are spreading. On Monday, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas confirmed that it had prohibited smoking in all public...
article Smoking is currently banned in Atlantic City casinos. Will it ever return?
(Atlantic City) -- The novel coronavirus, an airborne pathogen that affects the respiratory system, provided state officials a legitimate public health reason to...
article Stay smoke-free, casino urged
(Arkansas) -- When Saracen Casino Resort opens its gaming floor next month, smokers, because of coronavirus restrictions that require masks to be worn in public places,...

9/20/2020

article Smoking is currently banned in Atlantic City casinos. Will it ever return
(Atlantic City) -- The novel coronavirus, an airborne pathogen that affects the respiratory system, provided state officials a legitimate public health reason to...

9/19/2020

article Native View: Smoke-free casinos good for the health of employees, patrons
(Minnesota) -- In response to COVID-19, tribal casinos across the U.S. closed their doors, unplugging a vital lifeline to their communities’ economies. After...
article As casinos reopen amid COVID-19, researchers question the safety of smoking
(USA) -- Brian Christopher says he loves playing slot machines — especially slot machines in casinos that have gone non-smoking during the pandemic. He’s...

9/18/2020

article Casino in Terre Haute will feature outdoor ‘smoking patio’ with slots
(Indiana) -- A planned casino in Terre Haute will be smoke-free inside but will feature a heated outdoor patio with up to 117 slot machines and eight table games to...

9/16/2020

article Park MGM is first resort in Las Vegas to ban smoking
(Las Vegas) -- After a pandemic shutdown in March, Park MGM plans to reopen at the end of September as a nonsmoking casino and hotel. It’s the first Las Vegas...

9/15/2020

article Health Organizations Urge Saracen Casino to Open Permanently Smoke-free to Protect Workers, Reduce Spread of COVID-19
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino’s grand opening is scheduled for October in Pine Bluff, and health groups urge the operator to open smoke-free to protect the health of the...

9/14/2020

article Las Vegas Strip will see its first smoke-free casino when Park MGM reopens at the end of September
(Las Vegas) -- The butts stop here. MGM Resorts announced Monday that when Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas reopen at the end of the month, the hotels will comprise the...
article Park MGM will be smoke-free when it reopens
(Las Vegas) -- One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced...

9/12/2020

article A "smoke free" casino with an outdoor smoking patio is coming
(Indiana) -- You would not normally find John Gerth at a slot machine, for one main reason. "Me, I'm a non-smoker so if there would be anything that would drive...

9/11/2020

article As casinos reopen amid COVID-19, researchers question the safety of smoking
(Nevada) -- Brian Christopher says he loves playing slot machines — especially slot machines in casinos that have gone non-smoking during the pandemic. He’s...
article Oklahoma casinos implement new sanitizing procedures to keep guests safe
(Oklahoma) -- Although casinos across the state have reopened to the public, a pair of local casinos say they are implementing new sanitizing procedures to keep guests...
article New Terre Haute casino to prohibit indoor smoking
(Indiana) -- The new casino set to begin construction this year in Terre Haute will be Indiana's first to permanently prohibit indoor smoking when it opens next...
article Vigo casino to be smoke free, feature outdoor smoking patio
(Indiana) -- Citing Vigo County and Terre Haute's strict non-smoking ordinances and poor health metrics, Spectacle Jack LLC announced Friday it will make its coming...

9/6/2020

article EDITORIAL: Murphy was right to stamp out casino smoking. Now make it permanent
(New Jersey) -- Until Friday, it appeared that fresh air was no longer an important commodity in New Jersey, given the governor’s unconscionable decision to lift...

9/5/2020

article NJ bans smoking inside casinos after reopening restaurants
(Atlantic City) -- Gov. Phil Murphy banned smoking inside New Jersey casinos after rescinding a mandate that allows any "retail, recreational, and entertainment...

9/4/2020

article Gov. Murphy bans smoking indoors at casinos
(Atlantic City) -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday ordered a ban on all smoking inside casinos, the same day it was to have been allowed to resume after more than five months...

9/3/2020

article Murphy allows smoking in casinos when indoor dining resumes Friday. Some say that’s a bad idea.
(Atlantic City) -- Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order that allows limited indoor dining and drinking to resume on Friday also permits smoking again inside Atlantic...
article Smoking inside Atlantic City casinos returns Friday despite health concerns
(Atlantic City) -- Indoor dining and beverage service on the casino floor will return Friday morning, much to the delight of the gaming industry, employees and guests....

8/29/2020

article Certain Face Coverings Not Allowed Inside Little River Casino Resort
(Michigan) -- The Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan, is changing its masks requirements for guests as certain types of face coverings will no longer be...

8/27/2020

article Pennsylvania Casinos Urged to Stay Smoke-Free, Bill Introduced to Amend Clean Indoor Air Act
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos are smoke-free businesses currently amid COVID-19, and many in the Keystone State want the gaming floors to remain that way.

8/25/2020

article Group calls for permanent ban on smoking in casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- A coalition dedicated to providing Pennsylvanians with a higher standard for smoking in the workplace is joining a state lawmaker from Western PA in...

8/24/2020

article Majority want smoking to end in Nevada casinos
(Nevada) -- The people have spoken and they’re done with smoking at Nevada casinos. An online poll and discussion conducted by the Las Vegas Advisor reveals 72% of...

8/17/2020

article Casino smoking ban ‘just the right thing to do’
(Indian Country) -- With Americans focused on protecting their health wherever they go, casinos can become better – and more profitable – entertainment...

8/16/2020

article Casino Health Measures and Smoke Ban Are Good for Business
(USA) -- Ushering in a slew of health and safety measures in casinos may have seemedwhile counter-intuitive, but business is finally waking up to the realization that it...

8/11/2020

article Poll: Growing Support for Smoke-Free Casinos
(Indiana) -- A new poll conducted by the American Lung Association in Indiana shows support for smoke-free casinos in the Hoosier state, a step already taken by at least...

8/10/2020

article Why More Casinos Are Banning Smoking
(USA) -- The first legal casino was opened in the United States in 1931, towards the end of Prohibition. The birth of the US casino industry coincided with the sudden...

8/8/2020

article Resources available to quit smoking amid COVID-19
(Arizona) -- People know COVID-19 can travel through respiratory droplets breathed out by an infected person. But what about infected people who smoke? Does the smoke...

8/7/2020

article Some casinos suspend smoking as part of virus response
(Oklahoma) -- Mask-wearing requirements instituted by many Oklahoma tribes in response to COVID-19 have also prompted some of the state’s Indian casinos to...
article Two Oklahoma tribes temporarily ban smoking at their casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Two Oklahoma tribes have decided to temporarily ban smoking at their casinos, and the decision was praised Wednesday by the American Lung Association in...

8/5/2020

article Some casinos suspend smoking as part of COVID-19 response
(Oklahoma) -- Mask wearing requirements instituted by many Oklahoma tribes in response to COVID-19 have also prompted some of the state's Indian casinos to...

8/3/2020

article ISHAM: Will COVID-19 create smoke-free casinos?
(Wisconsin) -- Clinton Isham is an independent consultant working on an initiative to turn tribally-owned and operated casinos smoke-free. He is from the Lac du Flambeau...

7/28/2020

press release Are Vegas casinos ready to clear the air?
(Las Vegas) -- For months the rumors about the Park MGM in Las Vegas have swirled like cigarette smoke: Will the resort house the first totally nonsmoking casino on the...
article ADAMS: Is this the time to ban smoking in casinos?
(Nevada) -- Among the many things that the coronavirus has done, it has reopened the old debate on smoking in casinos. The traditional belief held that smokers gamble...
article Are Vegas casinos ready to clear the air?
(Las Vegas) -- For months the rumors about the Park MGM in Las Vegas have swirled like cigarette smoke: Will the resort house the first totally nonsmoking casino on the...

7/25/2020

article Casinos in Pa. and N.J. have finally banned smoking. Why now?
(Pennsylvania) -- Getaways, even really short ones, are about doing things you can’t do at home. That could be having a night out without the kids, eating a...

7/24/2020

article Casinos requiring masks, temporarily ban smoking
(Iowa) -- When the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel reopened on July 1st, it came back with a long list of new rules. To protect against COVID-19, staff and guests are...

7/22/2020

article Native American Casinos In Iowa Temporarily Non-Smoking
(Iowa) -- The four Native American-owned casinos in Iowa are temporarily smoke-free after reopening with precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and one...

7/20/2020

article PA Casinos Get A New, Perhaps Clearer Look At The Smoking Picture In COVID’s Wake
(Pennsylvania) -- State Rep. Dan Frankel likes the smoking ban that has been imposed on Pennsylvania casinos for the first time ever due to COVID-19 concerns.
article Smoking ban would prove casinos want to protect health
(Las Vegas) -- A leading YouTube influencer on a mission to extol the fun and excitement of slot machines has a message for casinos: If you’re serious about protecting...

7/17/2020

article Black Bear Casino Resort Going Smoke Free Until Further Notice
(Minnesota) -- Black Bear Casino Resort has announced a big change in their operations. The popular spot is now entirely smoke free. The popular attraction announced the...
article Black Bear Casino Resort Going Smoke Free Until Further Notice
(Minnesota) -- Black Bear Casino Resort has announced a big change in their operations. The popular spot is now entirely smoke free.

7/16/2020

article Soboba Casino Resort goes smoke-free due to coronavirus
(California) -- Soboba Casino Resort near San Jacinto announced that it was going totally smoke-free during the coronavirus pandemic, according to social media posts on...
article Casinos limit smoking at table games
(Las Vegas) -- Several casinos on the strip are now limiting smoking to keep people from removing their masks. At the Wynn, if you're playing table games without a...

7/15/2020

article Some Las Vegas casinos limit smoking at table games
(Las Vegas) -- Several Las Vegas casinos are limiting smoking as a way to keep patrons from removing the protective face masks they are required to wear. Las Vegas Sands...
article Black Bear Casino Now Smoke Free
(Minnesota) -- Black Bear Casino says they are now 100 percent smoke-free. The casino announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday that beginning July 15 at 10:00 a.m. they...
article Shreveport Council Delays Casino Smoking Ban
(Louisiana) -- The smoking ban for Shreveport's 2 casinos will not go into effect on August 8th as originally proposed. The measure passed last month on a 5-2 vote by...

7/14/2020

article Letter: Shreveport City Council needs to keep smoking ban as originally planned
(Louisiana) -- To the Shreveport City Council members considering delaying the smoke-free workplace policy for casino workers, please stay true to the citizens you serve...
article Carlton's Black Bear Casino going smoke-free
(California) -- Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton announced via a social media post Tuesday that it will be 100% smoke-free starting Wednesday, July 15.

7/12/2020

article 125 casinos hop aboard no-smoking train, at least for now
(USA) -- More than 125 casinos and dozens of other gaming sites across the U.S. that allowed smoking in pre-COVID days are now nonsmoking. That raises a question: Will...

7/11/2020

article illani Casino Resort to ban smoking starting July 11
(Washington) -- Ilani Casino Resort in Southwest Washington announced Friday that it will be ban smoking until further notice due to “the increase rate of...

7/8/2020

article Mohegan Sun Pocono casino bans indoor smoking
(Pennsylvania) -- As of 6 a.m. on July 4, Mohegan Sun Pocono became a 100% non-smoking facility in order to comply with the State of Pennsylvania’s mask mandate....

7/7/2020

article Meadows Racetrack And Casino Forced To Ban Smoking Inside
(Pennsylvania) -- There is a temporary smoking ban inside The Meadows Racetrack & Casino due to the current health crisis. Seventy percent of the gaming floor...

7/6/2020

article For First Time, Smokers Are Unable To Light Up Inside PA Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- COVID-19 has managed to do something that anti-tobacco forces in Pennsylvania have been unable to achieve for years: It has cleared the state’s...

7/4/2020

article Smoking no longer permitted inside Meadows casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Smoking is no longer allowed inside the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington County. The casino announced in a Facebook post Friday night that...

7/3/2020

article Casino to Temporarily Ban Smoking
(Pennsylvania) -- Presque Isle Downs & Casino announced Friday smoking will no longer be permitted inside the casino building - at least temporarily. The temporary...

7/2/2020

article After coronavirus, Fresno-area casino made a big change. Will more casinos follow?
(California) -- It’s been nearly a month since Table Mountain Casino snuffed out indoor smoking. The policy’s implementation coincided with the casino’...
article Parx suspends smoking at slot machines at Pa. casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Bad news, smokers. Parx Casino will no longer allow gamblers in masks to smoke while sitting at the slot machines. When it reopened Monday, the...

6/9/2020

article MORON ALERT: Vegas Gambler Smokes Cigarette On Side of Medical Mask To Keep Himself Safe From COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- This might be the most American thing we have seen in all of 2020. A few days ago, some casinos and hotels began to open back up in the city of Las Vegas...

5/27/2020

article Former assistant US Surgeon General: Smoke-free casinos will reduce COVID-19 risk
(Las Vegas) -- A former assistant U.S. Surgeon General is calling on casinos to make their facilities smoke free to protect their employees, guests and liability. Rear...

5/22/2020

article Las Vegas casinos should ban smoking, health experts say
(Las Vegas) -- Whenever they open, Las Vegas Strip casinos are almost certain to take steps to protect the health of workers and guests. But don’t expect them to...

5/20/2020

article Can I smoke inside Coast casinos when they reopen? Here’s what to know.
(Mississippi) -- Coast casinos reopen from the coronavirus shutdown on Thursday, but customers are asking if they also will be smoke-free. The Mississippi Gaming...

5/11/2020

article LETTER: Smoking ban is long overdue
(Las Vegas) -- As someone who has worked in the casino industry for decades, I’ve seen many changes, some good and some not so good. However, if this is not the...

5/6/2020

article Smoke-free casinos? Las Vegas dealer hopes to make it a reality amid reopening plans
(Oklahoma) -- A longtime casino dealer is calling for safer, smoke-free environments amid plans to reopen properties along the Las Vegas Strip. Kanie Kastroll, who has...

4/29/2020

article Angel of the Winds Casino to be 100% smoke-free upon reopening
(Washington) -- Angel of the Winds Casino said Wednesday that when they reopen to the public, it will be as a 100 percent smoke free facility. The casino, located in...

4/28/2020

article Tribal casino will go smoke-free in response to pandemic
(Washington) -- Here’s what you won’t be able to do inside Angel of the Winds Casino Resort when it reopens: Smoke. Blame it on COVID-19. Those wishing to puff on a...

3/10/2020

article Another Attempt Made To Ban Smoking In Pennsylvania Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- The scent of cigarette smoke at casinos has long been a fact-of-life. Even with designated smoking areas and non-smoking areas, casinos remain one of...

3/9/2020

article ‘You’ve got to compromise’: Rep. Harold Wright trying to limit indoor smoking
(Oklahoma) -- Considering the public health impacts of secondhand smoke, should bars in Oklahoma be able to allow indoor smoking? Should new restaurants be able to open...

2/25/2020

article Smoking while gambling? Elaborate patios allow it at casinos, racinos
(Ohio) -- Casinos and racinos in the Dayton region and across Ohio are investing millions of dollars into high-end “patios” where guests can smoke and gamble...

2/24/2020

article As local leaders prepare to bring in a casino, lets revisit the Clean Air Ordinance
(Indiana) -- Local non-profits hope the casino that'll open in Terre Haute will comply with the clean indoor air ordinance. You'll remember last week, we took...

2/21/2020

article Local group makes the trip to smoke-free Hard Rock Casino, with hopes to keep smoking out of Terre Haute's potential casino
(Indiana) -- A group from Terre Haute is exploring smoke-free options at casinos. It comes as Terre Haute prepares for a possible casino of its own. On Friday, Chances...

2/13/2020

article Pennsylvania Casinos Could Go Smokeless If New Legislation Becomes Law
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos allow patrons to light up while gambling in certain designated areas, but one state lawmaker says it’s time to end that...

2/7/2020

article To Smoke Or Not To Smoke In Casinos
(Nevada) -- More than a decade ago, Nevadans voted to strengthen indoor smoking laws. It was a huge change for a state that touts itself as live and let live. But these...

12/26/2019

article Tribal casinos remain last refuge for California smokers, at least for now
(California) -- Smoking is prohibited in almost every enclosed public place in California, from bars and restaurants to sports arenas and movie theaters. Even parking...

12/2/2019

article Michigan tribe awarded grant for e-cigarette education
(Michigan) -- An Upper Peninsula nonprofit organization is supporting a program that educates young people in the Hannahville Indian Community about the dangers of e-...
article Nevada casino workers talk of snuffing out second-hand smoke
(Nevada) -- Teresa Price was 22 when became a table-games dealer in 1978 on the Las Vegas Strip. At that time, cigarette and cigar smoking was allowed nearly everywhere...

12/1/2019

article Nevada casino workers talk of snuffing out second-hand smoke
(Nevada) -- Cigarette and cigar smokers can be common in Nevada, where no law prohibits a gambler from lighting up. But some longtime card dealers, bar employees, health...
article Vegas Casino Workers Suffering From Lung, Heart Conditions Push for Smoke-Free Facilities
(Las Vegas) -- Teresa Price was 22 when became a table-games dealer in 1978 on the Las Vegas Strip. At that time, cigarette and cigar smoking was allowed nearly...

11/24/2019

article Casino workers find chips are stacked against them in battle against secondhand smoke
(Nevada) -- Teresa Price was 22 when she quit college to become a table-games dealer, landing a job in 1978 on the Strip. At that time, smoking was allowed nearly...

9/29/2019

article Casino smoking foes face deadline
(Arkansas) -- The clock is counting down toward a deadline to get a referendum on the Pine Bluff ballot that would make Saracen Casino Resort a nonsmoking casino....

9/17/2019

article Vote sought on smoking at Pine Bluff casino
(Arkansas) -- A council member unhappy with the City Council's Sept. 3 vote that defeated his proposed amendment to the city's smoke-free workplace law said he...

9/11/2019

article Ballot drive aims to ban smoking at Saracen Casino
(Arkansas) -- A Pine Bluff alderman ups the ante in an effort to ban smoking inside Jefferson County’s new casino. Bruce Lockett, who represents the 4th ward,...

9/3/2019

article Ordinance for smoke-free casino denied in Pine Bluff; smoking will be allowed
(Arkansas) -- Gamblers can expect to smoke on the gaming floor in Pine Bluff when the Saracen Casino Resort opens up. Smoking inside casinos isn't anything new to...
article PB rejects proposal on smoke-free casino
(Arkansas) -- The Pine Bluff City Council decided Tuesday to reject a proposal that would have made the Saracen Casino Resort a smoke-free workplace. Six members of the...

8/29/2019

article Saracen Casino Wants to Allow Arkansas Patrons a Cigarette Puff in Pine Bluff
(Arkansas) -- Saracen Casino Resort wants to be excluded from a Pine Bluff Arkansas city ordinance that requires smokefree workplaces — when the venue likely opens...

6/27/2019

article Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort holds grand opening for new non-smoking section
(Minnesota) -- At Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort kicked-off their grand opening this week for their new 22,000-square-foot non-smoking addition. The new addition is...

6/21/2019

article Prairie's Edge Casino Resort hits 'refresh' with smoke-free expansion
(Minnesota) -- Prairie's Edge Casino Resort just pushed the refresh button on its gaming and entertainment operations, as in "fresh." This Monday it...

6/20/2019

article The Capitol Report: As smoking ban turns 10, casinos still not embracing change
(Wisconsin) -- When then-Gov. Jim Doyle signed Wisconsin’s indoor smoking ban into law in 2009, he expected tribal nations, which were exempt from its provisions,...

6/17/2019

article Smoke free casino debuts at River Cree
(Alberta) -- The River Cree Resort and Casino has revealed its newest expansion after making the buildings main floor and casino smoke free.

6/10/2019

article As smoking ban turns 10, casinos still not embracing change
(Wisconsin) -- When then-Gov. Jim Doyle signed Wisconsin’s indoor smoking ban into law in 2009, he expected tribal nations, which were exempt from its provisions,...

5/29/2019

article River Cree Casino making main floor smoke free
(Edmonton) -- Starting June, the main floor of the River Cree Resort and Casino will be smoke free. The new rules will apply to the casino and all restaurant space on...

4/1/2019

article Adding gambling to casino smoking area means people 'can't escape machines', says councillor
(UK) -- An application from casino to include gambling facilities in its current outdoor smoking area could lead to “problem gambling”, a Leeds city...

3/12/2019

article SPILDE: Where There’s Smoke
(Indian Country) -- The research and experience of casino operators in jurisdictions around the world suggest that restrictive smoking policies have deleterious effects...

1/26/2019

article Iowa Bill Would Remove Casino Exemption from Smoking Ban
(Iowa) -- A piece of legislation in Iowa is seeking to remove casinos from the state’s indoor clean air laws, meaning that lighting up a cigar over a hand of poker...

1/13/2019

article WinnaVegas debuting new air filtration system; casino also getting solar panels
(Iowa) -- If casino guests complain about anything, WinnaVegas Casino Resort General Manager Mayan Beltran said, it's often the smell of cigarette smoke. And then...

10/12/2018

article Hancock County reverses policy to allow smoking and gambling
(West Virginia) -- “Saddened and extremely disappointed,” is how the American Lung Association described a decision by the Hancock County Board of Health to roll back...

10/10/2018

article Stronger St. Louis County smoking ban will be on Nov. 6 ballot – but the results won't be counted
(Missouri) -- A measure ending exemptions for casinos and more than 90 bars under St. Louis County's seven-year-old smoking ban will appear on ballots here Nov. 6,...

10/7/2018

article Macau casinos to face MOP$200,000 fines for illegal smoking rooms from 2019
(Macau) -- Any Macau casinos found to be operating illegal or unapproved smoking rooms after 1 January 2019 face a fine of MOP$200,000 and forced closure of the room.

9/3/2018

article Casino Celebrates Smoke-free Anniversary
(Wisconsin) -- Three years ago, Ho-Chunk Nation officials gambled by making the decision to ban smoking at the Ho-Chunk Gaming – Madison facility. That decision...

8/19/2018

article Editorial: Time to clear the air on casino smoking
(Missouri) -- Voters in both St. Louis County and St. Charles County may end up with competing proposed smoking bans to choose from this fall: one that bans it entirely...

8/11/2018

article Smoking ban exempting casino, bars to be considered Monday by St. Charles County Council
(Missouri) -- A late-breaking effort is underway on the St. Charles County Council to put on the Nov. 6 election ballot an indoor smoking ban with exemptions for many...

8/8/2018

article Petitions submitted by casino-funded group to put limited smoking restriction on Nov. 6 St. Louis County ballot
(Missouri) -- A committee funded by the owner of the Hollywood Casino turned in on Wednesday almost 53,000 signatures to try to put new casino smoking restrictions on...

7/22/2018

article Smoking Ban Causes Revenue Decrease at Riverboat Casinos in Baton Rouge
(Louisiana) -- June casino revenues have been released by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, revealing that riverboat casinos in Baton Rouge suffered a drop in revenues...

7/11/2018

article No Smoking On NJ Beaches May Leave Casinos Like Ocean Resort As Last Refuge
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey’s smoking law bans smoking in most public places. If Gov. Phil Murphy signs a law on his desk, casinos may be one of the last...

7/4/2018

article Smoke-Free Casino Issues Revisited After Iowa 10-Year Study Shows No Adverse Affects on Businesses
(Iowa) -- The pros and cons of smoke-free casinos have been bandied about for eons, but now a new study may shed additional light on whether or not it would actually...
article Only 11 Macau gaming sites applied for new smoking lounges
(Macau) -- Only 11 of Macau’s 47 gaming venues in operation – including casinos and slot parlours – had submitted as of June 30 applications to have...

5/20/2018

article Calder Opens Backyard Casino, So Slot Lovers Can Puff And Play
(Florida) -- South Florida’s year-round pleasant weather gives racetrack casino operators a chance for a novel work-around: They can provide smokers a place to...

5/18/2018

article How Baton Rouge's L'Auberge, Hollywood Casino will handle smoking ban coming soon
(Louisiana) -- East Baton Rouge Parish’s ban on smoking in casinos takes effect in less than two weeks, and one local riverboat already is prepared with a small...

4/17/2018

article Macau | Gaming workers association suggests 'black list' for illegal smoking
(Macau) -- A local group that represents gaming workers suggested to the Macau SAR Government on Tuesday that it set up a ‘black list’ for gamblers who...

3/15/2018

article Anti-smoking group seeks signatures to place issue on ballot
(Arizona) -- The time has come, according to an anti-smoking group, to make it illegal to smoke in any public place on the Navajo Reservation.

3/2/2018

article Casino Industry Disputes Smoking Study
(Illinois) -- The casino industry is disputing a new study that claims Illinois’ smoking ban hasn’t had an affect on gaming revenue. The report, in the...
article Casino industry disputes study showing Illinois smoking ban hasn't dented revenue
(Illinois) -- The casino industry is disputing a new study that claims Illinois’ smoking ban hasn’t had an affect on gaming revenue. The report, in the...

2/20/2018

article Maryland Live Takes It Outside for Dwindling Demographic: Gamblers Who Smoke
(Maryland) -- Maryland Live saw its gross gaming revenues (GGR) plummet in 2017 when the MGM National Harbor came to town. Now the casino is turning to gambling smokers...

1/30/2018

article Illinois Smoking Ban Has Not Damaged Casino Revenue, Study Claims
(Illinois) -- The Illinois smoking ban was one of the first in the US to make commercial casinos completely smoke-free, but it hasn’t impacted their footfall or...

1/11/2018

article Wynn employees want strict supervision over casino smoking
(Macau) -- A group of employees from casinos on Wynn properties visited the Office of the Chief Executive (CE) to deliver a letter to the government calling for strict...

11/22/2017

article EQC opens new non-smoking addition
(Washington) -- The Emerald Queen Casino in Fife celebrated a ribbon cutting on Nov. 17 for a new non-smoking addition. With its own dedicated entrance, the addition...
article Gary backs off proposed casino smoking ban
(Indiana) -- A Gary councilwoman removed her name Tuesday from a controversial proposed ordinance expanding the state's smoking ban to the Majestic Star Casino,...

11/8/2017

article Majestic Star attempts to snuff out Gary bid for smoking ban expansion
(Indiana) -- Critics wasted no time in letting the Gary Common Council know that the state's smoking ban should not be expanded to include the Majestic Star Casino.

8/16/2017

article Will Lake Tahoe casinos ever be smoke-free?
(Nevada) -- Last week Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed a ban on smoking in bars and casinos, joining 13 other cities in the state, including New Orleans, that prohibit...

7/14/2017

article Macau legislators approve revised bill on smoking
(Macau) -- The VIP areas of Macau’s casinos will soon be required to set up smoking lounges, after the city’s Legislative Assembly (pictured in a file photo...

7/2/2017

article Baton Rouge to Take Long Drag in Deciding Proposed Casino Smoking Ban
(Louisiana) -- Baton Rouge’s Metro Council opted to delay voting on whether to implement a proposed smoking ban on bars and casinos within the Louisiana city...

6/13/2017

article LETTER: Odawa Casino should ban smoking
(Michigan) -- Editor: The Odawa Casino’s 10-year anniversary is indeed something to celebrate. The beautiful facility has brought a great variety of entertainment...

5/31/2017

article Effort revived to ban smoking in casinos, bars with Baton Rouge mayor on board
(Louisiana) -- A campaign to douse the cigarette smoke in Baton Rouge's bars and casinos reignited Wednesday, catching the support of Mayor-President Sharon Weston...

5/26/2017

article Kligerman: Racing’s top series should smoke ’em if they got ’em
(USA) -- If you’re trying to quit smoking, the best place you possibly could go is Las Vegas. Because of its nonexistent rules on indoor smoking, innocent...

5/1/2017

article How bingo played the numbers game after impact of smoking ban
(UK) -- AS Barrow prepared for the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007, the town thought it could spell the end for bingo. A decade on, Apollo is still attracting...

4/9/2017

article Player's Advantage: Pain, then gain— how a casino chose to go smoke-free
(Mississippi) -- Robert Low offers succinct advice to any fellow casino owners thinking about making their operations smoke-free. “Get prepared for some pain!...

3/24/2017

article Inside Gaming: Smoking Ban Hurting Harrah's New Orleans Revenue, Says Caesars
(Louisiana) -- Two years ago in this space we reported on the New Orleans City Council having voted unanimously in favor of instituting a smoking ban in the city's...

3/23/2017

article Casino Smoking Bad for the Body, but No Smoking Bad for Business, Harrah’s New Orleans Says
(Louisiana) -- Casino smoking inside Harrah’s New Orleans has been banned since April of 2015, and as the two-year anniversary of the clean-air regulation...

2/13/2017

article Masking lingering smoke smell a challenge for casinos
(Las Vegas) -- It’s an indoor smell that’s now foreign in most large U.S. cities: lingering cigarette smoke. Because of laws passed elsewhere in the past...
article Study says Macau casino workers okay with smoking lounges
(Macau) -- The majority of Macau casino workers support retaining designated smoking lounges on the gaming floor, according to the results of a new industry-funded study.

1/26/2017

article Waco: Bingo rooms blame smoking ban for drop in charity funding
(Texas) -- Charitable Bingo playing is down in Waco, putting more than one dozen local non-profit organizations in a bind. According to the Texas Lottery Commission,...

1/17/2017

article Hancock County commissioners asked to exempt LVLs, casino from smoking ban
(West Virginia) -- Limited video lottery retailers in Hancock County, WV want the county commissioners to lift a ban on smoking in their establishments. Former...

1/15/2017

article Public hearing slated for proposed amendments to indoor air ordinance
(New Jersey) -- A public hearing has been scheduled concerning proposed amendments to Mercer County’s Clean Indoor Air Ordinance that would prohibit smoking in...

1/6/2017

article Anti-smoking children’s book has roots in Eudora Middle School DARE class
(Kansas) -- Logan Brown has provided American Indian children a mountain of strength to combat the tobacco industry’s attempt to hook them.

12/3/2016

article ANR aims to clear the air
(USA) -- With statistics that show tobacco smoking is losing popularity among the younger generations, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) is lobbying to create...

12/2/2016

article Harrah’s gambles on smoke-friendly courtyard to boost revenue
(Louisiana) -- Trying to offset revenue losses from New Orleans’ smoking ban, Harrah’s Casino has opened a courtyard outside of its valet entrance where...

11/17/2016

article Limassol chamber surprised with Akel move to ban casino smoking
(Cyprus) -- Limassol’s commerce and industry chamber (EBE) expressed surprise and disappointment on Thursday over the intention of main opposition Akel to propose...

10/23/2016

article Mountaineer architect predicts all casinos will go no-smoking
(Kentucky) -- One day, American casino gamblers will be able to play without the health risk of secondhand smoke, says the founder of the company that designed and built...

10/9/2016

article LETTER: Smoking, gambling go hand in hand
(Las Vegas) -- Once again I have to read the opinion of a nonsmoker who wants to ban smoking because it suits her (“Time to outlaw smoking bars, casinos,”...

9/28/2016

article Casino Workers In Nevada Rally For Smoke-Free Workplace
(Las Vegas) -- Workers and patrons fed-up with breathing in secondhand smoke in Nevada casinos are rallying outside the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas Tuesday. Reno...

9/7/2016

article OP/ED: For casinos, non-smoking 'areas' are still a gamble
(Iowa) -- The WinnaVegas casino in Sloan might expect me to be celebrating that they’ve added a non-smoking area. I’m not, for good reason. It doesn’t...

9/1/2016

article Survey: Mesquite voters want smoke-free casinos
(Nevada) -- Working at a casino presumably has its ups and downs, just like any other job or career. About one-third of the Mesquite workforce, however, is being exposed...

8/28/2016

article Casino becomes first in Western Iowa to offer a non-smoking room
(Iowa) -- People who love to gamble but who hate having to deal with the cigarette smoke present in most casinos can now enjoy Western Iowa’s first non-smoking...

8/11/2016

article Union wants anti-smoking inspectors in casinos 24/7
(Macau) -- Members of the Macau Gaming Enterprises Staff Association (MGESA) yesterday submitted a petition to the Health Bureau (SSM) to voice various complaints by...

7/27/2016

article Three Rivers Casino Resort Adds Nonsmoking Section
(Oregon) -- Three Rivers Casino Resort in Florence is cutting down on second hand smoke, by constructing a brand new nonsmoking section.

7/12/2016

article Three Rivers Casino expands nonsmoking area
(Oregon) -- Three Rivers Casino Resort will increase its nonsmoking gaming area to almost 12,000 square feet — about 40 percent of its total gaming floor —...

6/13/2016

article Casinos seek smoking ban exemption
(Philippines) -- The proposed ban on smoking and drinking put forward by the country's president elect Rodrigo Duterte, is worrying operators in the Philippines....

5/27/2016

article Why casinos are more likely to be smoke free in the future
(Atlantic City) -- The casino floor of the future may be a less smoky, more active place with identities that change more often. Blaine Graboyes, CEO of GameCo, a game...

4/22/2016

article Smoking is more popular among men even in Aka pygmy tribe
(India) -- Although men and women are equally influenced by tobacco, males tend to smoke more than females, finds new research that investigated gender differences in...

4/21/2016

article Smoking ban impact on Harrah's Casino remains hazy
(Louisiana) -- Most any time of day you're likely to find a smattering of smokers on the steps of Harrah's Casino. Whether they will return to gamble or leave is...

4/12/2016

article Casino owners come out against smoking ban proposal
(Louisiana) -- Casinos have been mounting their defenses against a proposed ban on smoking in casinos and bars, noting how much money they — and the city-parish...

4/10/2016

article In Sin City, an old vice gets snuffed out
(Las Vegas) -- It was Final Four weekend, and James Riviello was in a mood to make some serious money. The professional gambler sat in a puffy tan leather chair inside...
article South Dakota wants to get tougher on illegal smoking in casinos
(South Dakota) -- The state Lottery Commission wants city governments and the video lottery casinos they oversee to be more diligent in their enforcement of the...

4/9/2016

article State wants to crack down on illegal smoking in casinos
(South Dakota) -- Video lottery casinos and city governments that oversee them should expect to soon receive an official letter from the state Lottery Commission...
article Smart money says less smoking in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- It was Final Four weekend, and James Riviello was in a mood to make some serious money. The professional gambler sat in a puffy tan leather chair inside...

4/7/2016

article Butt out. Push on for gambling promotion to banned like cigarette ads
(Australia) -- Betting advertising on TV, radio and on billboards would be banned under a Greens plan to treat the industry in the same way as tobacco. Greens Leader...

3/31/2016

article Smoking banned at largest Las Vegas sports book
(Las Vegas) -- Smoking is no longer allowed at one of Las Vegas’s largest sports books. Westgate Las Vegas is instituting a new non-smoking policy inside all areas...

3/23/2016

article Proposed ordinance to ban smoking in East Baton Rouge Parish bars and casinos set for April 13 vote
(Louisiana) -- Half of the Metro Council has co-sponsored an ordinance to ban smoking in bars and casinos in East Baton Rouge Parish, but it remains to be seen whether...

3/22/2016

article Casino says smoking ban could cost EBR, state millions in tax revenue
(Louisiana) -- The city-parish could lose about $2 million a year in revenue from casinos if a proposed smoking ban passes, and the state about $12 million, an executive...
article L’Auberge parent company exec says Baton Rouge smoking ban could put casino at competitive disadvantage
(Louisiana) -- The parent company of Baton Rouge’s largest and most profitable casino is closely watching the Smoke-free East Baton Rouge campaign. Pinnacle...

3/21/2016

article Cigar lounge plans at MGM up in smoke
(Maryland) -- Leave the Montecristo at home when you visit the new MGM Casino at National Harbor when it opens in July; it seems there won’t be any indoor cigar-...

3/18/2016

article Metro Council taking up smoking ban for Baton Rouge bars, casinos but will it to pass?
(Louisiana) -- An ordinance that would ban smoking in Baton Rouge’s casinos and bars is finally headed to the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council after a...
article Smoking now banned at the Westgate sports book
(Las Vegas) -- Sports bettors are known for blowing smoke when it comes to exaggerating wins and downplaying losses. But blowing smoke is not permitted at the Westgate...

3/4/2016

article MGM casino bill would allow indoor smoking area
(Maryland) -- Anti-smoking advocates are objecting to legislation that would let gamblers smoke inside the new MGM casino complex at National Harbor — something...

2/24/2016

article Smoke Free Zones Becoming Popular In Casinos
(Florida) -- For the past eight years it was easy to differentiate rivals Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach as they battled...

2/21/2016

article Bills would allow WV counties to repeal smoking bans
(West Virginia) -- West Virginia lawmakers have county smoking bans in their crosshairs. For the second consecutive year, Republican legislators are moving bills that...

2/17/2016

article Smoking And Gambling Hard Habit To Break In Nevada
(Nevada) -- Thousands of tourists land in Las Vegas every day. And like clockwork, they check in, grab a drink, maybe throw a 20 into a slot and light up a cigarette....

2/16/2016

article As effort to ban smoking in Baton Rouge bars and casinos gathers steam, both sides prepare to face off
(Louisiana) -- On Feb. 9, Lydia Kuykendal of Smoke-free East Baton Rouge spoke to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, where she made her organization’s case for...

2/14/2016

article Player's Advantage: Big gaming states share a sorry trait: smoking in casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Gamblers and casino employees in the country's four busiest gambling states must contend with tobacco smoke that wouldn't be allowed in other...

2/11/2016

article Just half of Macau smoking lounge requests approved
(Macau) -- The Macau government had – as of February 5 – approved only 86 requests for smoking lounges in casinos, or 55.5 percent of the total number of...

1/9/2016

article Editorial: Smoking ban should apply to off-track betting facilities
(Indiana) -- There's an almost common perception that gambling and smoking often go together, though not always in a favorable manner. In 2002, a study suggested...

1/4/2016

article Harrah’s still wants to build smoking courtyards after its bid expired
(Louisiana) -- Harrah’s Casino New Orleans, which was unable to get an exemption from the city’s smoking ban, has watched its revenues decline since...

1/3/2016

article Hoosier Park takes OTB smoking dispute to state Supreme Court
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Supreme Court wants to hear more from Hoosier Park Racing & Casino about why patrons at its Winner’s Circle off-track betting parlor...

12/16/2015

article Palace Casino Biloxi awarded certificate for smoke-free policy
(Mississippi) -- Palace Casino Resort received a certificate of appreciation from the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Harrison County for leading the way as the...

11/29/2015

article Brown: ‘We are complying with anti-smoking law’
(Marianas) -- BEST Sunshine International chief executive officer Mark Brown says they are addressing the compliance requirements of the anti-smoking law and will...

11/23/2015

article BSI casino smoke scuffle comes down to what ‘enclosed’ means
(Saipan) -- A group of House minority lawmakers has written to public health officials to complain about the alleged violation of the anti-smoking law by Best Sunshine...

11/11/2015

article Macau smoke ban could spark 16 pct GDP dip: study
(Macau) -- A study from consulting firm KPMG says a full smoking ban inside Macau’s casinos could lead to a 16-percent decline in gross domestic product (GDP) for...

10/30/2015

article Iowa Editorial: Make all casinos smoke free
(Iowa) -- Members of Iowa's Gambling Casino Restricted License Study Committee believe Iowa needs a smoke-free casino. They're right — to a point. They...

10/28/2015

article OP/ED: Why not make all Iowa casinos smoke-free?
(Iowa) -- Members of Iowa's Gambling Casino Restricted License Study Committee believe Iowa needs a smoke-free casino. They're right — to a point. They...

10/22/2015

article New, Smoke-Free Casino Proposed For Iow
(Iowa) -- An Iowa lawmaker from Cedar Rapids is trying to get the state to approve another casino. The proposed casino for the Cedar Rapids area would be smoke-free,...

10/21/2015

article County may restrict vaping
(Maryland) -- In Maryland's Prince George's County, a bill to ban electronic cigarette use in the majority of public spaces and businesses moved even closer to...
article Push for Iowa’s First Smoke-Free Casino Continues
(Iowa) -- Members of the Iowa Gambling Casino Restricted License Study Committee met on Tuesday to discuss the reintroduction of a bill that would allow for the...

10/20/2015

article Iowa lawmaker plans to reintroduce smoke-free casino bill
(Iowa) -- The head of a committee examining casino licensing in Iowa says he plans to reintroduce legislation next session that would create a smoke-free casino in the...

10/19/2015

article Harrah’s seeks assistance as it adjusts to city’s smoking ban
(Louisiana) -- According to City Hall, a smoking ban imposed on bars and casinos in late April has gone well enough. But operators of Harrah’s New Orleans casino...

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