Most adults support banning smoking in Atlantic City casinos

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While legislation to extend New Jersey’s indoor smoking ban to Atlantic City casinos remains dormant, a survey of University of Stockton suggests that most adults would favor a totally smoke-free casino experience.

In the statewide poll of 640 New Jersey adults, 62% said they supported a casino smoking ban. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose the move and 6% were unsure.

“There is still a majority in South Jersey who support the ban, but it is slightly lower – 59% in South Jersey would support it,” said John Froonjian, director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. in Stockton.

Two-thirds of North Jersey residents (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties) would like to see a smoking ban at Atlantic City’s nine casinos.

“There are more people depending on the casino industry for jobs in the south, and the casino industry has said that if this ban goes into effect, they will lose income and that will translate into lost jobs. jobs,” Froonjian said.

Casino workers said revenue should not be at the center of this debate, but rather the health of employees who might be forced to breathe in smoke for several hours at a stretch during their shifts on the floor.

United Auto Workers, one of the two major casino worker unions, wrote a letter in April to lawmakers asking them to hold hearings on a bill that would remove the casino exclusion from New Jersey’s smoke-free rules.

The other union, Unite Here Local 54, urged lawmakers not to go ahead with the proposal, suggesting a ban would lead to job losses, less tax revenue for the state and less money for programs for seniors.

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dino.flammia@townsquaremedia.com

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