Update: Atlantic City smoking ban decision

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Casino workers are afraid for their lives. The State of New Jersey is afraid of lost revenue. That's the latest of a years long plea from our local workers subject to daily second-hand smoke on the casino floor. A group of Atlantic City casino workers asked a judge recently to ban smoking in the gambling halls, citing the toxic, poisonous work atmosphere. The state responded by reasoning brick and mortar casino patrons support a half-billion-dollar "kitty" for senior citizens and the disabled. The judge, Superior Court Judge Patrick Bartles has not officially issued a final ruling but expect it soon. The state maintains a smoking ban in the city's nine casinos would be a seismic event for the gambling industry and the core business of in-person gamblers. The workers are fearing the short and long-term effects of illness and respiratory complications resulting in costly absenteeism and staffing issues to serve the on-site patrons. There are similar concerns and campaigns in other states including Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Kansas and Virginia. A lawsuit filed last month by the United Auto Workers, which represents dealers at Bally's, Caesars and Tropicana, seek to overturn and New Jersey state ruling.


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