Atlantic City Council decided earlier this year to completely eliminate smoking from Atlantic City casino gaming floors. Councilman G. Bruce Ward led the charge to relegate smoking in casinos to non-gaming smoking lounges. The unholy alliance of anti-smoking groups, “health” advocacy groups, and labor unions exerted political pressure and City Council fell like dominoes. Not one member stood for a business’s right to determine the smoking policy inside its walls. Not one member stood for individual responsibility. Not one member of council stood for keeping smoking as an attraction for casinos to offer when alluring patrons to their businesses.
Atlantic City Casinos Report Loss For 2nd Quarter
ATLANTIC CITY (AP) ―
Atlantic City’s 11 gambling halls lost $39.4 million in the second quarter, compared to a profit of $34.8 million in the 2007 second quarter.
The balance sheets were not much better when measuring gross operating profit, which is considered a better comparison between casino properties. It excludes interest, taxes, depreciation and other charges.
Gross operating profit for the second quarter fell 16.5 percent to $247.3 million, according to figures released Tuesday by the state Casino Control Commission.
The seaside gambling halls have been hurt by new slot parlors in New York and Pennsylvania, rising gasoline prices, and a partial smoking ban.
The industry is heading toward its second consecutive year of declining revenue.
Casino industry is the economic engine of South Jersey. Countless people depend on the vitality of casino gaming for their livelihood. It is all-too-typical bad government for Atlantic City Council and Mayor Scott Evans to deny casinos the ability to lure customers through offering gaming areas where people can smoke.