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Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati smoking patio violates state law, inspectors say

Publication Date: 2015-06-19
  • Author:Dan Horn
  • Publication:Cincinnati Enquirer

The smoking patio at Cincinnati's Horseshoe casino is the subject of two state health department investigations and at least 19 complaints, including some from people who say they work at the casino and are worried about their health....

"This area is always full of smoke," said an anonymous complaint from a casino employee in February. "We were hired for a non-smoking facility & now we have this dirty, smelly atmosphere to work in."

"I am forced to work out there," said another complaint filed the same month. "The smoke is very intense."

Health inspectors say an investigation they launched in October, shortly after The Parlor opened, resulted in a violation letter last week warning that the patio does not meet the definition of an outdoor patio under Ohio law. A second investigation based on more recent complaints is now underway....