Atlantic City casino executives have come together to warn city government that the imminent smoking ban is bad for business. Donald Trump has had the most fortitude in opposing this mindless smoking ban. Donald Wittkowski reported:
“The smoking ban will have a huge, negative impact on Atlantic City – beyond any competition, beyond anything,” Trump said. “All we can do is to ask the council to reconsider.”
Trump warned a decline in gaming business will translate into the loss of millions of dollars in state casino-tax revenue for social programs benefiting New Jersey’s senior citizens and disabled residents.
“I just hope for the best. But the smoking ban itself will take tens of millions of dollars of taxes away and will take tens of millions of dollars of aid away from senior citizens and all of the things that we’re doing,” Trump told reporters Thursday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of a $255 million hotel tower at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.
Trump said he has already received about 15 calls from friends who complained they will no longer take gambling trips to Atlantic City because of the smoking ban.
“If you’re a smoker, you have a problem,” he said. “I hope the City Council is able to reconsider. This isn’t for Donald Trump. This has nothing to do with me. But senior citizens and all of the big beneficiaries of Atlantic City are going to suffer greatly because of this ban. It’s the only place in the United States with a full smoking ban, and it’s going to be a disaster.”
We have been against the smoking ban from the onset of its conception. Our objections are threefold. First, the smoking ban is bad economics. A government-imposed smoking ban alienates a significant and loyal customer base of the casinos. The smoking ban is another example of government’s track record of destroying the efforts of economic producers. Thanks to Councilmen William “Speedy” Marsh, G. Bruce Ward, Tim Mancuso, Dennis Mason, Marty Small, George Tibbitt, Eugene Robinson, Steve Moore, John Schultz, and Mayor Scott Evans for hurting our local economy by caving to the pressure of UAW labor union and the coalition of anti-smoking groups. May our elected officials feel as good as they did the night they unanimously approved the smoking ban, when they begin to receive letters from unemployed workers, who were victims of the smoking ban.
This position was verified by an economic expert.
Dennis M. Farrell Jr., a gaming analyst for Wachovia Capital Markets, said City Council may have to delay the smoking ban to allow casinos to adjust their business models to the economic slowdown. Otherwise, some casinos may go out of business, he predicted.
“We believe there is a high probability that the Atlantic City marketplace could see more than one casino close its doors in the next two years, unless the full smoking ban is delayed or state relief is provided to these properties,” Farrell wrote in a note to investors.
Second, the smoking ban is based on bad science and health. The case against second-hand smoking is a cut-and-piece report. Anti-smoking have a true Procrustean argument. The amount of evidence does not correlate to the fervor with which Anti-smoking-ites have vilified smoking and smokers. The anti-smoking “scientific” mis-reports question who is really blowing smoke.
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Third, a government-imposed smoking ban is anti-American. The ban denies the freedom of a business to determine for itself if it will have smoking under its roof and inside its walls. The business owns the property, not the government. The smoking ban lacks respect for the rights of private property. The importance of private property is paramount to the survival of our Republic. In fact, the tenant of “The Pursuit of Happiness” is vitally related to the respect of private property. Rather than allow people to be responsible adults, Atlantic City Council and Mayor Evans have decided that both visitors and employees are not responsible enough to decide for THEMSELVES if they will work in a smoking atmosphere. It is sad to see how the tenants of socialism and “Big Brother” government have defeated freedom, liberty, and the American Way in Atlantic City.
We have caught a lot of flack for constantly returning to this issue. I want to assure you that we will continue to beat the dead horse until enough people wake up and decide to give freedom a chance, again.