Atlantic City, NJ

Casino workers attempt to ban smoking in their workplace

Jessica Rabbit

Casino employees say lawmakers are hurrying with tax breaks for Atlantic City gambling establishments but are slow to ban smoking. They will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the War Memorial in Trenton to press lawmakers to prohibit cigarette smoking in gaming halls and simulcasting centers.

"Atlantic City gaming halls are the only workplaces in New Jersey where the state permits indoor smoking, forcing employees to select between their wellness and a paycheck," Casino Personnel Against Cigarette Smoking's (Hazardous) Effects (CEASE) and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights expressed in a news release.

The groups are asking legislators to pass S-1878, which is co-sponsored by state Sen. Vince Polistina, R-Atlantic, and also several other senators.

In the Assembly, they are requesting for the passage of A-4541, sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Shanique Speight and Verlina Reynolds-Jackson.

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic, stated when running versus Polistina for state senate earlier this year that he supported outlawing smoking in casino sites. Polistina won the election but is currently in office, as he was chosen by Republicans to fill the seat of previous state Sen. Chris Brown, R-Atlantic, who had surrendered to take a work with the Murphy administration.

Both bills eliminate the cigarette smoking restriction exemptions for gambling enterprises and simulcasting centers, according to the groups.

"Why are Governor Murphy and legal leaders trying to silently rush via a bill that provides tax breaks to gambling establishments while leaving us behind?" the teams asked in the release. "We can not keep breathing secondhand smoke for 8 hours a day at our office."

CEASE claimed the Legislature requires to deal with bills to secure online casino workers from secondhand smoke with as much necessity as they are dealing with regulations to change the PILOT regulation, which gets rid of sports and also net gaming from computations for among the main profits streams indicated to replace real estate tax for online casinos.

CEASE states it is a group of "countless gambling establishment dealerships and also other frontline gaming workers that developed after indoor cigarette smoking returned on July 4 as well as is fighting to permanently eliminate smoking from our workplaces," according to the release.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Civil liberties is a member-supported, not-for-profit advocacy group that has been functioning given that 1976 to secure every person's right to take a breath nontoxic air in offices and public locations.

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