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Trump says AC smoking ban forcing gamblers to flee
Press of Atlantic City,
Friday, August 17, 2007 at 1:35:44 PM
Donald Trump insists he is totally opposed to smoking - except when it comes to the casinos.
Trump, prompting intense criticism from anti-smoking advocates, called for abolishing Atlantic City's partial casino smoking ban to prevent gamblers from fleeing to other gaming jurisdictions where they are free to light up without restrictions.
"They're leaving in droves. I'm told by some very talented people that the biggest negative impact is the smoking ban," Trump said of a decline in casino business that has sent Atlantic City gaming revenue tumbling 3.7 percent for the first seven months this year.
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