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October’s Full Smoking Ban Adds Insult to Injury

   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. 

   CBS3 reports:

Atlantic City Casinos Report Loss For 2nd Quarter
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.


About Jesse O. Kurtz

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 “October’s Full Smoking Ban Adds Insult to Injury

  1. Up until this terrible decision, the corruption and vice that engulf city hall has not impacted the gaming industry. This is the first time it happened, but likely not to be the last.

    October revenues will completely bottom out. Hundreds of casino workers will lose their jobs and they’ll have city council to thank (not to mention the do-gooders who don’t care how many people lose their jobs, just so they are “healthy”). I just hope the anti-smoking loudmouths who knew what they were getting into before taking the jobs are the first to get fired.

    Posted by dave202 | August 20, 2008, 8:46 pm
  2. Let them all fall on their asses. The casinos themselves never objected to this state takeover, albiet by the steller-corrupt, incompetent council. Let them screw up the casinos, the city, the workers jobs. Screw ’em. We’re dealing with Ward, the corrupt health-care lawyer, doing Whelan’s bidding, joined by clowns Small, ever pride inducing Rev. Robinson, race baiter Moore and his little imp Young, with their hands out, moron Mason, drunken idiot Mancuso, baggage carrying Schultz. Don’t forget the “president of corruption and theft”, Speedy Marsh. AND, they’re about to elect the king of crooks, scam artists, racist gimmie boys, Lorenzo Langford to complete the ruin of the city. Doesn’t look too promising for any sensable future events, except for the FED sweep these guys have headed their way. Have to wait it out.

    Posted by antifascist | August 27, 2008, 7:31 pm
  3. I’m a smoker. I use to visit AC at least twice a year. I won’t be back.

    Posted by Bill DD | September 21, 2008, 8:19 am


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