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Senate is moving toward total ban on casino smoking
Newark Star Ledger,
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 7:30:29 AM
Less than three weeks after the Atlantic City Council voted to banish smoking from three-quarters of casino gambling floors, a Senate committee approved a bill yesterday to snuff it out altogether.
Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), a sponsor of the casino smoking ban and chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said Atlantic City's ordinance "forced the issue" by requiring casinos to erect partitions and establish smoking areas.
"We can't allow the casinos to make an investment in what will be failed smoking chambers and two or three years from now tell them to tear them out," Vitale said.
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