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Stronger St. Louis County smoking ban will be on Nov. 6 ballot – but the results won't be counted

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, but the votes on it won't count after an appellate court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling.

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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...

10/6/2015

article Casino staff to have smoking veto, official says
(Macau) -- Secretary of Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng has said casino employees must give their consent if the government is to allow any exception to...

10/5/2015

article Councilors: Sioux Falls casinos getting around smoking ban
(South Dakota) -- Sioux Falls City Council members say a group of businesses are getting around a state smoking ban by opening tobacco shops under the same roof as video...

9/27/2015

article To smoke or not to smoke at casinos? That is not the question at G2E
(Las Vegas) -- Not found among the list of discussion topics being covered during the Global Gaming Expo is the idea of a casinowide smoking ban.
article Casinos skirting intent of smoking ban, councilors say
(South Dakota) -- There’s a door inside the Crown Central Casino with a separate address on it and a room on the other side called the Smoke Shack — a...

9/24/2015

article Macau total smoking ban may pare casino revenue by up to 4.6 percent
(Macau) -- The Health Bureau (SSM) says in a statement it estimates that the city’s gaming revenue would be reduced by up to 4.6 percent if a blanket ban on...

9/20/2015

article Macau casinos face total smoking ban
(Macau) -- Macao's casinos and gambling trip organizers are fuming over a proposed smoking ban there, while Singapore's puffing gamblers show why. Smoking has...

9/15/2015

article Iowa lawmakers to study tobacco-free casino license for Cedar Rapids
(Iowa) -- Before the next legislative session begins, some Iowa lawmakers will explore the idea of building a tobacco-free casino in Cedar Rapids. Three members of the...

9/14/2015

article Legislative committee to study licensing of tobacco-free casino in Cedar Rapids
(Iowa) -- A state senator is taking another shot at bringing a casino to Cedar Rapids. It’s the latest effort to bring gambling to the city. In April 2014, the...

9/10/2015

article Macau Casinos Are Fuming as China's Gamblers Puff Away Elsewhere
(Macau) -- Macau’s casinos and gambling trip organizers are fuming over a proposed smoking ban there. Singapore’s puffing gamblers show why.

9/7/2015

article Harrah’s casino proposes outdoor courtyards with slot machines for smokers
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino wants to build two courtyards, complete with slot machines for smokers in response to the citywide smoking ban.

9/6/2015

article LETTER: Casino workers should be protected from smoke, too
(Iowa) -- This Labor Day weekend most of us will get a chance to enjoy the last days of summer in many great smoke-free restaurants, bars and public places across Iowa....

9/5/2015

article Smoking ban gets players robbed, Harrah’s wants a fix
(Louisiana) -- The smoking ban of New Orleans has pushed gamblers of the Harrah’s Casino outdoors. Smokers heading outside to get their fix leads to a stop in...

9/4/2015

article What do you think about Harrah's Casino courtyards for smokers, slot machines?
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's Casino is trying to bring smokers and slot machines back together again, after losing a campaign against the citywide smoking ban. This week...

9/3/2015

article Harrah's Casino wants to build 'courtyards' for smoking gamblers
(Louisiana) -- The city's smoking ban pushed gambling smokers at Harrah's Casino outside. A nicotine fix puts a hold on placing bets. Now, the casino wants to...

8/26/2015

article Hollywood Casino spending $700K on another patio for smokers
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino Columbus likes what it sees from a less-than-year-old outdoor gaming patio for smokers and plans to debut a second larger one. The west side...
article Smokers get more slots at Hollywood Casino Columbus
(Ohio) -- Hollywood Casino Columbus will open a second smoking patio with slot machines, probably next month, spokesman Bob Tenenbaum said on Wednesday.

8/23/2015

article LETTERS: Harrah's New Orleans article blowing smoke
(Louisiana) -- I was completely appalled by Howard Stutz's Aug. 12 commentary ("Smoking ban hammers Harrah's New Orleans"). The headline was completely...

8/11/2015

article Smoking ban hammers Harrah's New Orleans more than any storm surge
(Louisiana) -- Hurricane Katrina couldn't crush the spirit of Harrah's New Orleans 10 years ago. The aftermath of the massive storm shuttered the property near...
article Plenty have enjoyed Mountaineer’s smoking pavilion
(West Virginia) -- It has been a little more than a month since the opening of the smoking pavilion at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort. In that time more than...

8/8/2015

article Another view: Time for smoke-free casinos
(Wisconsin) -- Five years after Wisconsin made bars and restaurants smoke-free, an American Indian tribe is doing the same. That’s good news for the workers and...

8/6/2015

article Harrah's says smoking ban hurting business
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's casino predicted that banning smoking in its building would hurt its bottom line. And now, a few months into the new ordinance, they say they...

8/5/2015

article OP/ED: More casinos should go smoke-free
(Wisconsin) -- Five years after Wisconsin made bars and restaurants smoke-free, an American Indian tribe is doing the same. That’s good news for the workers and...
article City Says Study Supports Smoking Ban In Bars, Casinos
(Louisiana) -- The City of New Orleans says a new study supports the move to ban smoking in bars and casinos in the city. The ban took effect April 22. Conducted by the...
article Keep smoking lounges in Macau casinos: SJM CEO
(Macau) -- SJM Holdings Ltd’s chief executive, Ambrose So Shui Fai, has called on the competent authorities not to ban smoking lounges from casinos in Macau.

7/31/2015

article No changes on smoking lounge ban proposal: Macau govt
(Macau) -- The Macau government remains committed to its proposal for a full smoking ban inside casinos, the office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture,...

7/27/2015

article Harrah’s Needs An Exemption From New Orleans’ Smoking Ban
(Louisiana) -- As the culture in Louisiana changes, partial adaptation to that by policy-makers is as bad as not adapting to it at all, as the nexus of nonsmoking and...

7/22/2015

article Online consultation on Macau's anti-smoking bill to start on Aug 1
(Macau) -- Online consultation on Macau's anti-smoking bill to start on Aug 1The Legislative Assembly’s (AL) 2nd Standing Committee President Chan Chak Mo said...
article Universal smoking ban in Macau may take one more year to be approved
(Macau) -- The committee examining the changes to the smoking law explained that its work may take one year given their workload and the number of opinions to be taken...

7/20/2015

article Macau to Back Off Tobacco Ban?
(Macau) -- The announcement that the Macau government may be reconsidering a full casino smoking ban sent gaming stocks skyward in Hong Kong this month.

7/18/2015

article Macau junket operators seek compromise
(Macau) -- Macau junket operators seek compromisePressure is building in Macau for a compromise that would draw a line short of the full ban on smoking in casinos that...

7/16/2015

article Macau lawmaker worries casino smoking ban will affect job security
(Macau) -- Lawmaker Zheng Anting on Thursday urged the government to allow gaming operators to set up smoking lounges in their VIP gaming areas because he’s...
article Macau: Investors overly optimistic about smoking lounge chances
(Macau) -- Last Monday, casino stocks climbed after the Macau Government conceded the possibility of allowing smoking lounges in casinos. Sterne Agee CRT says investors...

7/15/2015

article Junkets petition against full casino smoking ban in Macau
(Macau) -- Representatives of the Macau Junket Operators Association (AMJEM) on Wednesday petitioned the central government against a full smoking ban in the city’...
article Macau lawmakers cannot change tobacco control amendment bill
(Macau) -- Legislator-cum-unionist Jose Pereira Coutinho said on Tuesday that the legislature’s s 2nd Standing Committee could not alter the government’s...

7/13/2015

article Macau casinos surge on reports gov’t may soften smoking stance
(Macau) -- Casino operators’ stocks surged in Hong Kong, with Wynn Macau Ltd. heading for a two-month high, following reports the government may ease plans to ban...
article Macau Casinos: Will Smoking Ban Be Relaxed?
(Macau) -- Is Lady Luck set to smile on Macau’s battered casino stocks? Ok, maybe not Lady Luck but bureaucrats who have finally realized their ham-fisted...

7/10/2015

article Macau legislators nod first reading of smoking ban bill
(Macau) -- After more than five hours of debate, members of Macau’s Legislative Assembly approved on Friday the first reading of a bill proposing to ban completely...

7/9/2015

article First-reading vote on Macau smoking ban postponed to Friday
(Macau) -- A first-reading vote by Macau’s Legislative Assembly on a bill proposing a full smoking ban inside the city’s casinos has been postponed to Friday...

7/8/2015

article Smoking and slots – casinos' terraces ignite debate
(Maryland) -- Smoking is barred inside Maryland's five casinos. But slots player Gregory Wilson believes Horseshoe Casino Baltimore hit the jackpot with its eight...

7/4/2015

article Universal smoking ban could idle thousands of Macau junket workers
(Macau) -- Local media are reporting that a proposed smoking ban could effect about half of all junket employee’s jobs. There are 3,000 to 5,000 junket employees...

7/3/2015

article Commissioners praise casino’s pavilion
(West Virginia) -- Hancock County commissioners couldn't bring themselves to mention the county's new smoking ban on Thursday, but they did commend Mountaineer...
article Mountaineer opens $2 million smoking pavilion to comply with Hancock County's clean air rule
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casinos, Racetrack & Resort has opened a $2 million smoking pavilion to comply with a local clean air regulation.
article Macau casino stocks far from safe bet as smoking ban looms
(Macau) -- Macau casino stocks rallied this week after visa restrictions were eased, but analysts say a grim revenue outlook and an incoming smoking ban mean the sector...
article Macau junkets warn of job losses if full smoking ban
(Macau) -- A trade association of Macau VIP gambling room operators has warned that its members might be forced to cut salaries or even lay off staff because of the...

7/2/2015

article Why Macau is imposing casino smoking ban despite industry woes
(Macau) -- Defying intense opposition from the gambling industry, the Macau government will impose a ban on smoking in every part of its casinos.

6/28/2015

article Casino ready for smoking ban
(West Virginia) -- Smokers will still be able to light up a cigarette and be dealt into a game even after the Hancock County Board of Health’s indoor air ordinance...

6/24/2015

article Crews Busy Completing Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort's New Smoking Pavilion
(West Virginia) -- A 9,800 square foot smoking pavilion is being built that will allow West Virginia residents to smoke while the rest of the casino goes smoke free in...
article Mountaineer Casino smoking pavilion opening July 1
(West Virginia) -- Members of the media got a sneak peek Tuesday at the new smoking pavilion at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort. Construction crews are still...

6/22/2015

article Smoking ban in Pa. targets casinos, clubs, bars, outdoor eating establishments
(Pennsylvania) -- Hotel rooms, casino floors, outdoor patio dining areas at restaurants, private clubs and most bars would now be smoke-free zones under a proposal to be...

6/21/2015

article Mountaineer Casino to open smoking pavilion
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort plans to open a smoking pavilion July 1, according to a press release sent Friday. The pavilion, a $2...

6/19/2015

article Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati smoking patio violates state law, inspectors say
(Ohio) -- The smoking patio at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is the subject of two state health department investigations and at least 19 complaints, including some from...
article Mountaineer Casino finds way to cope with coming smoking ban
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort is taking action to keep customers who smoke from gambling elsewhere when the Hancock County Clean Air Act...
article W.Va. casino to open $2M smokers pavilion on first day of 'clean air' act
(West Virginia) -- As the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort prepares to go smoke-free, the grand dame of West Virginia's gambling industry plans to take...

6/17/2015

article No Smoking! Ho-Chunk Gaming Is First Tribal Casino in Wisconsin to be Smoke (and Alcohol) Free
(Wisconsin) -- On August 1, Ho-Chunk Nation's Gaming Madison will offer its customers something that no other tribal casino in Wisconsin can: a “100 percent...
article Tribal Casino Ho-Chunk in Wisconsin going smoke free
(Wisconsin) -- Ho-Chunk Gaming located in Madison, Wisconsin announced Tuesday, June 16, 2015 that it would become a smoke free facility on August 1. Ho-Chunk will still...
article Casino smoking triggers complaints, 2 investigations
(Ohio) -- The smoking patio at Cincinnati's Horseshoe casino is the subject of two state health department investigations and at least 19 complaints, including some...

6/15/2015

article Health inspectors crack down on casino's smoking patio
(Ohio) -- Cincinnati's Horseshoe casino is in hot water with health inspectors over its smoking patio. The city's health department says the patio, known as The...

6/12/2015

article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Goes Smoke-Free
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council recently passed the Smoke-free Air Act, making it the first tribe in South Dakota to make sure indoor public...

6/10/2015

article Smoke shelter change won’t allow gambling machines
(Montana) -- The regulation adopted June 3 by the Great Falls City-County Board of Health does not address the subject of gambling machines in the exterior entry-only...

6/9/2015

article Harrah's New Orleans blames smoking ban for revenue decline
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's New Orleans Casino claims a new citywide smoking ban is to blame for a 16 percent decline in its revenue this month compared to a year ago.
article Smoke shelter change won’t allow gambling machines
(Montana) -- The regulation adopted June 3 by the Great Falls City-County Board of Health does not address the subject of gambling machines in the exterior entry-only...

6/8/2015

article Harrah's New Orleans: Smoking ban the key cause for sharp revenue decline in May
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's New Orleans casino said Monday that the city's new smoking ban is hurting revenue, and it's underscored in the Louisiana State Gaming...
article Harrah's: Smoking ban causing revenue drop
(Louisiana) -- The first full month of the smoking ban at establishments such restaurants, bars and casinos hasn't helped the bottom line for Harrah's New...

6/4/2015

article Harrah’s is still looking for a way to allow smoking inside the casino
(Louisiana) -- The lengthy list of restaurants and bars against the New Orleans’ smoking ban were hopeful, but the judge’s ruling came Wednesday: The...

6/2/2015

article Harrahs' drops out of smoking ban suit
(Louisiana) -- French Quarter bars and restaurants seeking to have the city's smoking ban repealed, lost one of its largest backers Tuesday when Harrah's dropped...

5/26/2015

article Junkets warn of effects of total Macau smoking ban
(Macau) -- The Association of Gaming and Entertainment Promoters, which represents junket operators in Macau, said that a recent industry survey showed respondents were...

5/12/2015

article Harrah's New Orleans loses fight to cut jobs under smoking ban
(Louisiana) -- A request by Harrah's New Orleans casino to cut the next 400 open jobs from its payroll has hit a small but solid stone wall in the state Senate. A 4-...

5/11/2015

article COLUMN: Gamblers evenly split on allowing smoking in casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Leni Landsky and Jackie Minkel both enjoy video poker and frequent casino trips. Their common interests end with the question of whether smoking should...

5/10/2015

article Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Bans Public Indoor Smoking
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is the first tribe in South Dakota to ban smoking in indoor public spaces. The Smoke-Free Air Act bans smoking...

4/26/2015

article Presque Isle Downs, Mountaineer adapt in battle over smoking rules
(Pennsylvania) -- Two regional casinos are taking extra steps to welcome nonsmokers. Gamblers will notice changes at Presque Isle Downs in Erie and Mountaineer Casino...
article Mountaineer Casino to build a new outdoor patio
(West Virginia) -- The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Hancock County plans to build an outdoor patio gambling area, following a battle against a countywide...

4/25/2015

article New Orleans ban on smoking in public going into effect
(Louisiana) -- “People who are going to come here are going to come here regardless of whether or not they have to go outside and smoke”. Mid City pub The...

4/23/2015

article Iowa smoke-free forces renew call for smoking ban at casinos, day after New Orleans’ ban
(Iowa) -- A day after the city of New Orleans’ new smoking ban that extends to a huge Harrah’s New Orleans Casino there took effect, the Iowa Tobacco...
article W.Va. casino plans outdoor smoking patio to comply with ban
(West Virginia) -- Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort plans to build an outdoor smoking patio that would have video lottery slot machines and gaming tables.
article Smoking inside bars officially now off-limits in New Orleans
(Louisiana) -- Bars and gambling venues in this notoriously libertine city are adapting to a big change: the start of a smoke-free ordinance Wednesday was being marked...

4/22/2015

article New Orleans Bars Issue Last Call for Smoking
(Louisiana) -- No one goes to a bar here, particularly one that advertises its hours as “2 p.m. till,” and expects precision about the time of day. But it...
article New Orleans Smoking Ban Lawsuit: Local Businesses, Including Harrah's Casino, Claim Ordinance Will Hurt Revenues
(Louisiana) -- In New Orleans, local businesses were protesting a new ban on public smoking even before it was scheduled to take effect Wednesday in bars, hotels, clubs...
article Smoking inside bars is officially off-limits in New Orleans
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans City Council members who led the push to ban smoking in bars and gambling venues hailed Wednesday's start of the smoke-free ordinance...
article Tourists react to the smoke-free ban in New Orleans
(Louisiana) -- While city officials and health advocates celebrate the first day of the smoke free ordinance in New Orleans, the ban has some patrons feeling put out.

4/21/2015

article Big Easy change: Smoking banned in bars, gambling halls and other public places in New Orleans
(Louisiana) -- Smoking in bars and casinos is coming to an end even in this notoriously freewheeling and fun-loving city where drinking on the street and watching a...

4/17/2015

article Harrah’s, bars sue to block smoking measure
(Louisiana) -- Harrah’s Casino and dozens of French Quarter bars and restaurants filed suit Friday to strike down New Orleans’ smoking ban just days before...
article Judge denies Harrah's, bar owners bid to stall New Orleans smoking ban
(Louisiana) -- A lawsuit filed by Harrah's casino and a long list of French Quarter bars, strip clubs and restaurants won't delay the start of New Orleans'...

4/11/2015

article Compromise on smoking ban benefits more than Harrah's: Dan Real
(Louisiana) -- In recent days, the conversation surrounding the ordinance to ban smoking in the city of New Orleans has become contentious. I never anticipated it would...
article Harrah's New Orleans: a no smoking casino
(Louisiana) -- HarrahHarrah’s New Orleans must abide with the requirements of a smoking ban that takes April. 22 and includes bars and gambling halls.

4/10/2015

article Harrah's Casino asks New Orleans for delay in smoking ban, gets denied
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans City Council has refused a request from Harrah's Casino to delay the April 22 implementation of a smoking ban in bars and gambling...
article New Orleans smoking ban in bars and casinos starts April 22
(Louisiana) -- The New Orleans City Council has denied an exemption to Harrah's Casino from a smoking ban in bars and gambling halls. The new ban is to start April...

3/30/2015

article New Orleans anti-smoking ordinance could dampen Louisiana economy
(Louisiana) -- On New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street, well-dressed men in front of strip clubs beckon you inside. On Bourbon Street you’ll find risqué...

3/24/2015

article Can Smoke-Free Casinos Still Cash In?
(Macau) -- The boom times are over in Macau. The Chinese gambling hub's gross domestic product plunged a horrifying 17.2 percent in the fourth quarter, and the...

3/23/2015

article Hilton Park Lane Casino to Open Rooftop Casino
(London) -- A significant proportion of gamblers across the world have long been suffering from the indoor smoking ban that is in force at a large number of casinos. But...

3/22/2015

article LETTER: Comprehensive smoking ban including Harrah's is 'fair and balanced': LaToya Cantrell
(Louisiana) -- We knew it was coming, but it is still disheartening. With New Orleans set to become smoke-free on April 22, Harrah's is making a last ditch effort to...
article Place your cigarettes! Plan for multi-million pound outdoor casino so gamblers can dodge smoking ban
(UK) -- One of Britain’s swankiest casinos has come up with a revolutionary way of getting round the smoking ban – by putting gaming tables on its new roof...

3/21/2015

article Harrah's Casino seeks compromise on smoking ban
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's Casino in New Orleans is looking to find a fair and balanced plan regarding the city's recently passed smoking-ban ordinance.
article Inside Gaming: Harrah’s New Orleans Fights Smoking Ban, Revel Deal Nixed, GTECH-IGT Moving Forward
(USA) -- In January the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously in favor of passing a ban against smoking in the city’s bars, restaurants, and other...

3/20/2015

article Louisiana state treasury could lose money because of New Orleans smoking ban, lawmakers told
(Louisiana) -- State lawmakers Friday delayed approval of a $3.6 million casino support services contract for New Orleans amid concerns the city's new smoking ban...

3/19/2015

article Harrah's Rolls the Dice on Smoking Ban
(Louisiana) -- On January 22, the City Council passed the much ballyhooed smoking ban. On April 22 bars, restaurants, hotel rooms, outdoor arenas and stadiums, the Fair...
article Harrah's Casino in New Orleans renews push to dodge city smoking ban
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's Casino has launched a last-ditch effort to dodge New Orleans' smoking ban, once again crying foul that the pending law threatens millions...
article Board to consider possible rules for casino smoke rooms
(Montana) -- The City-County Health Department Board of Health began grappling with a possible policy Thursday to help Great Falls-area casino owners and the public...

3/18/2015

article Harrah's has plans of its own about city's smoking ban
(Louisiana) -- Harrah's announced Wednesday that it is not giving up when it comes to lighting up indoors. "We're balancing the risk," Harrah's...

3/17/2015

article New Orleans readies smoking ban, but it won’t happen here
(Las Vegas) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. can’t seem to catch a break. Next month, New Orleans will ban smoking in most public venues within Orleans Parish,...

3/11/2015

article Harrah's wants city to reconsider smoking ban for casino
(Louisiana) -- Six weeks from today, smokers will no longer be allowed to light up in a New Orleans casino. That's when a new ordinance goes into effect. But Harrah...

3/1/2015

article Reaction mixed on smoke shack ruling
(Montana) -- The ashes are settling on the Montana Supreme Court's recent decision declaring that the smoking shelters built at two Great Falls casinos violate...

2/28/2015

article Smoking seen as competitive edge for R.I. casinos
(Rhode Island) -- While naming the ability to light up a cigarette as a benefit might sound archaic to some, it's a talking point among state leaders who are bracing...
article Great Falls casino owners split over smoke shacks
(Montana) -- Finding agreement among Great Falls casino owners about smoke shacks seems about as easy as poker players drawing an inside straight. Opinions on the issue...

2/26/2015

article Bill would give Cedar Rapids a chance to land ‘smoke-free’ casino
(Iowa) -- A bill that would give Cedar Rapids another shot at landing a state-licensed casino has cleared a senate subcommittee. Gary Grant, a lobbyist for the City of...
article Non-smoking Cedar Rapids casino bill advances in Senate
(Iowa) -- A bill aimed at forcing state regulators to grant a state gambling license to establish a non-smoking casino in Cedar Rapids advanced in an Iowa Senate...

2/25/2015

article Iowa Regulators Review the Non-Smoking Casino Bill
(Iowa) -- Yesterday, the House Subcommittee reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of the bill proposed with the aim of granting two gambling licenses or to be more...
article WV Senate passes indoor smoking ban lift for certain organizations
(West Virginia) -- A bill relating to local indoor smoking prohibitions passed the West Virginia Senate Feb. 25. The bill was introduced in an attempt to create an...

2/24/2015

article Smoke-free Iowa casino gets hearing, little more
(Iowa) -- A House subcommittee spent about 15 minutes Tuesday hearing the pros and cons of a bill seeking to authorize up to two new gambling licenses for smoke-free...

2/16/2015

article Win River Casino Smoking Ban Reversed, California
(California) -- Chalk up one for cigar smokers, as a smoking ban at the Win River Casino in Redding, California ends today. The ban which went into effect a year ago,...

2/10/2015

article Casino smoking ban goes up in smoke
(California) -- Win River Casino in Redding is doing away with its smoking ban. The casino will allow people to resume smoking on the gaming floor starting Monday,...

2/5/2015

article As promised, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey drops proposal to gut New Orleans smoking ban
(Louisiana) -- New Orleans City Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey has dropped her plans to punch a large loophole into the newly passed ban on smoking for Harrah's casino...

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