Walk into most casinos and you're immediately hit with the strong smell of cigarette smoke. If you're not a smoker, it can be an issue.
In Biloxi, Mississippi, often called the Las Vegas of the South, one casino has decided to go completely smoke free. It's the Palace Casino.
It's CEO, Keith Crosby says his own research shows eight out of ten of his customers do not smoke. He's gambling a smoke free casino will be a winner. Only time will tell.
Now that it appears a new, Margaritaville Casino will be built in Bossier City, it's an opportunity for one of the casinos in the area to separate from the pack and offer a smoke-free gambling experience.
Let me know what you think. I'm James Smith.
"I have long thought we needed a smoke-free casino. I have been to some that had a no smoking floor, but it was never enforced. I really get tired of being told that if I don't like smoke I should stay away from casinos, as though restricting an entire group of people from one form of entertainment is appropriate. I also think most of the employees would love to be able to breathe clean air for eight hours. You have my vote." - Michelle Ritter, MD
"Thank you for your editorial on smoke free casinos. I would love for the Margaritaville casino to be smoke free. It is very annoying when you are sitting at a table, enjoying a game of blackjack and a smoker sits down. Also, when you leave the casino, your clothes reek of smoke. I hope you will do your best in making the management of the new casino aware of this smoke free request." Thank you again, Laura Bailey
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