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Proposed Smoking Ban To Include Atlantic City, Private Clubs

Publication Date: 3/15/2005
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:WNBC 4
Gamblers would not be allowed to light up on casino floors under a measure passed Monday by a Senate committee that adds casinos to restaurants, bars and offices where lawmakers want to stub out cigarette smoking.

"I am thrilled that we are one step closer to improving public health," said Sen. John Adler, D-Camden, who crafted the proposed New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act.

After hearing more than two hours of testimony, the Senate Health Committee added casino floors and fraternal organizations, such as Elks Lodges and VFW halls, to the list of places where smoking would be banned. Lawmakers voted 7-0 for the measure...

Tobacco shops whose sales of tobacco products account for the majority of their retail sales, and some cigar lounges, would be allowed to host smokers under the latest proposal.