New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has pledged his commitment to ensuring that Atlantic City casinos ban indoor smoking.
Murphy is a one-term Democrat governor seeking his second term in September. He indicated his eagerness to sign legislation to end casino smoking.
“I’ve said this unequivocally…If legislation comes to my desk that would ban smoking in casinos, you should assume that I will sign it.”
This is not the first time Murphy is considering Atlantic City to go smoke-free. Earlier in June, he acknowledged that snit-smoking advocates have a very compelling argument.
New Jersey passed a Smoke-Free Air Act in 2006, but the law stipulated that Atlantic City casinos designated 25 percent of the gaming floor for smoking.
American for Nonsmokers Rights (ANR) is specifically delighted by the governor’s eagerness to see Atlantic City extinguish casino smoking. The group is dedicated to educating the public on the dangers and effects of smoking and secondhand smoke. Cynthia Hallett, ANR President, and CEO made this remark;
“We are grateful for the governor’s clear answer that he would sign legislation to protect the health of gaming employees while they are at work.”
Hallett further called on the governor to pressure lawmakers to support a bill requiring clean air in casinos. However, the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) still believes banning smoking would hurt Atlantic City casinos.