Gaming Revenues Going up in Smoke?
Ever since New Jersey carved casinos out of the statewide prohibition on indoor smoking at workplaces, employees have argued to remove the exemption while casino operators say a smoking ban would cause significant revenue losses and ensuing reductions in employment. Pennsylvania also permits casino smoking, although its leading casino – Parx – has remained smokefree by choice since reopening after the pandemic closure. Delaware casinos, meanwhile, have been smokefree since 2002. What is the likely – and best – course for New Jersey and Pennsylvania to take on this highly sensitive matter?