Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — After a two years smoking ban in almost all public buildings in New Jersey, opponents of smoking are hoping are hoping the ban will be extended further to casinos and to the patrons that frequent them.
The final approval by the City Council is due next week to ban smoking completely on 11 casino floors. Still, smoking would be restricted to the smoking lounges where there is no gambling.
The Smoke-Free Air Act of New Jersey was put into action on April 15, 2006 which prohibited cigarette smoking, pipe smoking and cigars in restaurants, office buildings, bars and many other enclosed spaces. A fine of $250-$1,000 will be charged to people who do not abide to the law along with the businesses that do not support the law. Atlantic City Casino is one exception that argued that the ban on smoking would have a negative affect on the business.
“There are undoubtedly people alive today in New Jersey who wouldn’t be alive without that ban,” commented Dr. George DiFerdinando, the former commissioner of acting state health who is now the leader of NJ Breathes, an alliance of the anti-smoking groups. “We didn’t like the compromise, but we knew it would instantly save lives,” he added.
Dallas News Reporter