Smoking wasn't banned for long, huh?

Over the 4th of July weekend, smoking returned to the casinos in Atlantic City. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, smoking was only allowed inside the casinos at the designated smoking areas of tables, slots, etc. Once the pandemic hit, obviously, the casinos shut down. Upon reopening, visitors were not permitted to smoke for health reasons pertaining to the coronavirus.

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The smoking ban inside Atlantic City's casinos remained for quite some time, giving some workers and visitors hope that maybe they'd finally be rid of the smoking sections for good. Of course, we now know, that's not the case. On July 4th of this year, the smoking ban was lifted.

When polled about how they felt about the smoking ban ceasing, most people who replied weren't thrilled for smoking to return to the casinos. In fact, it was the overwhelming majority who would've preferred the ban to become permanent.

NJ.com reports that Governor Murphy weighed in on whether or not he'd support the movement to end smoking inside the casinos once and for all. If you're not a big fan of Murph, he may actually score a few points in your book depending on if you like his answer. He's all for pushing for a permanent smoking ban.

It may or may not come as a surprise for you to learn that there is, in fact, already a bill just sitting there within New Jersey's state legislature regarding a permanent smoking ban in all NJ casinos, but, of course, for anything to happen with that, it would first have to come to a vote.

Will smoking ever be permanently banned? No one can predict that at the present. However, with Murphy's latest statements, it's not completely out of the question.

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