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N.J., Colo. mull smoking bans at casinos

Publication Date: 2005-03-23
  • Author:John Curran
  • Publication:USA Today
Sitting at a Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino slot machine, cigarette in hand, Robin Cancelli considered the question and quickly dismissed it. "It goes together: smoking, drinking and gambling," said Cancelli, 48, of Grafton, Mass., pausing at a Jeopardy slot machine. "If they did that, we'd probably stop coming."

No-smoking legislation that would apply to casinos is advancing in New Jersey and Colorado, threatening to force gamblers to take their coin cups outside when they want to light up...

New Jersey's bill is backed by acting Gov. Richard J. Codey. The measure, which passed in committee, still must be voted on by the full Senate and House, which won't return to session until May.

For some casino employees, a smoking ban can't come too soon.

"When you leave, your clothes smell like cigarettes and cigars," said Trish Quintana, 49, a veteran dealer at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino. "You can taste it in your mouth. I've never been a smoker but I feel like I am."