Atlantic City Restricts Smoking in Casinos

Atlantic City -- Three-quarters of each casino here will be off limits to smokers, effective April 15, under an ordinance the city council passed on Wednesday.

The council was set to ban smoking outright but ultimately agreed to a compromise after hearing objections from casino owners. The ordinance requires casino operators to set aside one-quarter of their floor space for smokers, with walls or partitions to separate the smoking and non-smoking areas.

The state legislature enacted a public smoking ban last April but exempted casinos, of which there are 11 in Atlantic City.

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