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Councilman G. Bruce Ward’s Proposed Smoking Ban

Councilman G. Bruce Ward will introduce a total smoking ban for Atlantic City casinos.  The City Council meeting is this Wednesday, 26 March, 5pm in City Council Chambers. 

Associated Press reports:

Councilman Bruce Ward said Friday he will introduce a measure at next Wednesday’s council meeting to ban all smoking on the casino floor. He said three others on the nine-member council have said they will support the measure and that he is close to convincing a fifth member to sign on.

Councilman Ward’s proposal supposes that government can and should make business decisions on behalf of casino gaming.  It is peculiar that Councilman Ward would rather use the bully-power of the government, rather than the power of persuasion to convince casinos to ban smoking.

On Saturday, 22 March, the Smokers’ Rights Association of America was formed.  The SRA plans to protest Councilman Ward’s planned city government intrusion in to casino gaming.

We agree with SRA that the best thing City Council can do to “move the city forward” (quoting that too often uttered vague phrase) is to get out of casino gaming’s way.

You can contact Atlantic City Councilmen to dissuade them from supporting the smoking ban.

Councilmen At-Large:

   George Tibbitt, 609.347.5241, gtibbitt@cityofatlanticcity.org
   John Schultz, 609.347.5243, jschultz@cityofatlanticcity.org
   Eugene Robinson, 609.347.6491, erobinson@cityofatlanticcity.org

Ward Councilmen:

6th – Tim Mancuso, 609.347.5238, tmancuso@cityofatlanticcity.org
5th – Dennis Mason, 609.347.5233, dmason@cityofatlanticcity.org
4th – William Marsh, 609.347.5242, wmarsh@cityofatlanticcity.org
3rd – Steven Moore, 609.347.5230, smoore@cityofatlanticcity.org
2nd – Marty Small, 609.347.5231, msmall@cityofatlanticcity.org
1st – G. Bruce Ward, 609.347.5232, bward@cityofatlanticcity.org

The At-Large spots are up for grabs next year and all seats can be re-called because of people’s anger over the smoking ban.


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I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


4 thoughts on “Councilman G. Bruce Ward’s Proposed Smoking Ban

  1. I think it’s become obvious that with the decision for this resting in the hands of the most incompetent group of idiots ever assembled for a feeding frenzy, they are going to pull the trigger. The hopelessly inept council is hell bent to make another 10% of the casino’s now meager income disappear, so that they can do some political grandstanding, to posture for more fradulent “career success”, and the reality of conficating the casinos property without compensation it irrelevant to them. Allied with them are about 50 anti-smoking nazis whose motivation is control of others and to cause problems for their latest devil under the bed, the smoker, who they have caused to be viewed as simply bad people, in need of discipline, derision, the focus of their hate. They had to give up organized hate for tangible minorities, too overt and visable. I now conclude that the only solution to pay these hateful people back is to NOT go to Atlantic City, not pay them to be any more ruder than they had been before they wrecked the casino experience. Let’s get real here. the city is a cesspool, the most brutal experience for anyone that can be had on the east coast, with the filth, the junkies, bums, hookers, trash, the danger presented by the residents with a next to useless police force, a completely corrupt and incompetent goverment, self serving racists just looking for a payday. It would be a major effort for them to be more disinterested in the city, it’s people or it’s industry or visitors and they prove it again and again. With this final disgusting screwup of banning smoking in the casinos, I’m becoming convinced that the only recourse is to leave Atlantic City as fast as possible, to leave it for the animals who wrecked it to wallow in. It’s become just about hopeless.

    Posted by a nice effort, but | March 27, 2008, 8:34 pm
  2. If the casinos could blame global warming on the smoking ban they would, revenue is not down because of the smoking ban it is down like every other business and industry. I am a business owner and I know, and my business has nothing to do with smoking or non-smoking.

    Posted by maxrep | April 1, 2008, 6:09 am
  3. I e-mailed all of the council men, and guess what, not one reply.

    Posted by chris | April 8, 2008, 10:52 am
  4. as casino employee, former smoker, i object to the blaming of the smoking ban when the casinos are the most to blame for their total disregard to the health, YES HEALTH, and welfare of their own employees who service the industry.
    It is about HEALTH and with REVEL coming along as already committed to 100% smokeFREE, the rest of these irresponsible casinos will follow suit and should do so now, rather then later.

    Posted by danny nguyen | April 8, 2008, 10:25 pm

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