by Ray Poirier | Increased competition and the economic slowdown have taken their toll on revenues for Atlantic City casinos. And operators are concerned that another negative impact will follow the city’s plan to impose a 100% smoking ban in the casinos.
However, there seems to be interest with the A.C. City Council to delay imposing the ban in order to avoid a further downturn in casino activity.
Without exception, casinos throughout the country that have been forced to ban smoking among their customers have suffered revenue reduction from 10% to as much as 25%.
For the past year, Atlantic City casinos have operated under a partial smoking ban, in which smoking was restricted to no more than 25% of the casinos’ floor.