“The other casinos in Atlantic City are going to closely monitor the success of Revel. If they know what’s good for them and it’s a success, then they’re going to follow Revel’s lead,” said Stephanie Steinberg, the organization’s chairwoman.

While gaming analysts say that a smoking ban would give gamblers an excuse to leave machines and spend time they could be gambling outside smoking, Steinberg views the ban as something that would be good for business.

“If you look at it from a business standpoint, smokers die an average of 14 years sooner than nonsmokers. From a business standpoint, that’s 14 years of lost revenue,” she said.

Revel is currently scheduled to open May 15th, but the $2.4 billion resort may open earlier as it’s a few weeks ahead on construction.


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