It is not just this blog that recognizes that the government-imposed smoking restrictions are bad for casino business. If the casino operators want to implement smoking restrictions, it is their prerogative and right to implement their own smoking restrictions. However, the principle of government dictating indoor smoking standards to a private establishment stinks worse than the cigarette smoke.
Pepe’s Non-Smoking Party Lounge blogs on Atlantic City’s bad smoking policy. The point to keep in mind is that the business risk of limiting or banning smoking indoors is the right of the business owners and management, not government officials:
Lifting Atlantic City smoking ban doesn’t help smokers
Guess what? Suspending a planned smoking ban in Atlantic City casinosdidn’t help business. Business went down last month in Atlantic City 7.8 percent from 2007. That compares to a year-long drop of 6.7 percent. Lifting the ban didn’t help. Maybe business might’ve dropped more, but then again, maybe it wouldn’t have dropped so much.