Butts out at Connecticut casinos

Jan 12, 2009 8:34 PM
by Ray Poirier | Efforts by the two Connecticut casinos to avoid a ban on cigarette smoking have failed, says the state’s attorney general. He is now demanding that all smoking be prohibited at both Foxwoods Resort Casino, operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Indians, and Mohegan Sun, a nearby facility owned by the Mohegan Tribe.

When Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal first broached the subject of second-hand smoke in the casino, the two operators responded by installing the latest high-tech ventilation systems that they felt would eliminate the problem.

Blumenthal now says that the casino workers have complained that the ventilation systems don’t work and that the best way to protect people’s health is to ban smoking completely.

The workers went so far as to deliver a letter complaining about the smoke to Gov. Jodi Rell’s office last week.

Casino officials say they are doubling their efforts to reduce second-hand smoke by increasing the smoke-free gambling space.