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AC considers delaying casino smoking ban
Monday, October 6, 2008 at 11:04:11 AM
With the economy crumbling and revenues plunging, Atlantic City is considering delaying the start of a total smoking ban at its 11 casinos.
The ban, which was approved in April after a year-and-a-half battle between casino workers and gambling hall operators, is set to take effect Oct. 15.
But even before it was approved, casino owners said they feared the ban would cost the industry millions of dollars in lost revenue and lead to job losses. That was before the Wall Street meltdown and economic crisis made things even worse.
The City Council is scheduled to consider delaying the ban at its meeting Wednesday night. The head of the largest casino workers union has suggested the smoking ban be delayed for a full year.
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