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Town meeting aims for smoke-free casinos

Publication Date: 6/1/2006
  • Author:Elaine Rose
  • Publication:Press of Atlantic City

The American Cancer Society sponsored a town-hall meeting Wednesday night to kick off its campaign to include casino floors in New Jersey's 6-week-old ban on indoor smoking.

The state Legislature did well by banning indoor smoking, but “left a significant number of people out of that law and left them at risk,” Tom Duffy, executive vice president of the cancer society in New Jersey, said before the meeting got under way. “We're going to continue until every worker is protected from breathing poison at work.”

Representatives from New Jersey Breathes, Atlantic Prevention Resources, the high school anti-smoking group REBEL and others vowed to keep the pressure on casinos and the Legislature until gaming-hall employees are protected from second-hand smoke at work.