Starting April 15th there will be a lot less smoke in the air at Atlantic City's 11 casinos, thanks to a law passed this week by the Atlantic City Council.
Originally the bill was designed to ban smoking from all areas of all of the11 casinos but fears that gamblers would start going to casinos in New Jerseys bordering states made the city council decide to change the bill to allow 25 percent of the casino floor to remain smoking.
Almost a year ago the Atlantic City council passed a bill that made smoking in restaurants and bars illegal, but the casinos were exempt from this smoking ban while studies could be done to see what effect banning smoking in the casinos would have, and it was decided that the city stood to lose too much from the casino smoking ban.
The casinos said they welcome the compromise, out of fears of loosing as much at 20 percent of their revenue and needing to cut 3,400 jobs, but casino workers and anti smoking groups said they felt betrayed.
A cocktail waitress at one of the casinos who has dealt with years of ill health because of breathing in second hand smoke said "Every other restaurant, every other business, every other public place in New Jersey gets to breathe clean air except us.
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