Pennsylvania Follows the Smoking Ban Threatening Casinos in New Jersey

By Raymond
Published June 16, 2023

Following the call for New Jersey to ban smoking in land-based casinos, the Protecting Workers from Secondhand Smoke Act of 2008 is now pressing the same actions in Pennsylvania. 

  • New Jersey and Pennsylvania Facing A Ban on Indoor Smoking at Casinos 
  • How Casinos Are Currently Allowing Indoor Smoking 

Late last year, land-based casinos in New Jersey were called upon to ban indoor smoking to protect casino workers from secondhand smoke. However, casinos in Atlantic City were against the Act as it would drive players away to the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, where smoking indoors is still allowed at casinos. 

The Clean Indoor Act of 2008 aims to protect workers from harmful secondhand smoke in various locations. However, Pennsylvania and New Jersey casinos were exempt and continued to provide in-door smoking areas. 

Now, 15 years later, Dan Frankel, the Allegheny County Democrat representative, will introduce the Protecting Workers from Secondhand Smoke Act, which includes casinos. 

In New Jersey, CEASE (Casino Employees Against Smoking Effects) called upon Governor Phil Murphy to ban smoking at land-based casinos as the secondhand smoke harms casino workers who feel they need to choose between income and their health. 

Land-based Casinos Expemt from the Clean Indoor Air Act 

Casinos in both states have managed to slip past the Clean Indoor Air Act, which means they could continue to provide smoking areas under specific regulations. 

Other indoor premises have also continued offering indoor smoking areas, including home daycare centers, private clubs, bars that don’t serve food, VFW Bars, and Hotels. However, with the new bill, Frankel aims to cut off these loopholes to protect workers.  

Frankel aims to introduce the new bill later this year, which would ban all forms of smoking indoors, including vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. 

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