Dear GASP member or concerned citizen,
Below is a sample letter to email to Atlantic City's City Council members and Mayor
Evans about your concern that the City Council voted to return smoking to the
gaming floors, starting on November 16. Below this sample letter are talking points
that you can insert into your letter, to customize it.
Please cc NJ GASP on your emails; our email address is email@example.com. Thank you.
Dear Atlantic City Council Members and Mayor Evans,
Please return to 100% smokefree gaming floors with the separately enclosed
smoking lounges. I had been anxiously awaiting the October 15th start of the
smokefree gaming floors, when I could finally be able to visit the Atlantic City
casinos without breathing in toxic secondhand smoke. However, now that your
Ordinance #95 brought back smoking to the gaming floors, we plan NOT to visit
Atlantic City until the gaming floors are 100% smokefree. I read in the papers and
saw that the casinos were still busy during the one month of smokefree gaming
floors. Even the Hilton and Resorts applied to build smoking lounges during that
The 75/25 smoking restrictions just do not work to keep smoking off of the gaming
floors. Smoking migrates everywhere on the gaming floors, and it made me ill.
I am disappointed in the Atlantic City casino industry. From what I saw, they did not
advertise or promote smokefree gaming, not prior to the law starting on October 15,
nor during the one month of smoking gaming. Yet they advertise every other
promotion or opening of a new hotel wing, and advertised that smoking would return
to the casinos on November 16. It is astonishing to me, that as business owners,
the casinos cry about the bad economy, yet refuse to advertise smokefree casinos to
the 83% majority of the adult population that does not smoke, and prefers
If you don't do create 100% smokefree gaming floors for us patrons, please do so for
the thousands of casino workers that deserve a smoke free environment too. Many
of them get paid just a few dollars an hour, while senior managers work in a
smokefree office environment and receive multi-million dollar compensation
packages, regardless of the economic times.
Please stop this corporate greed, for the sake of the workers and for patrons, and
bring back a 100% smokefree casino floors ordinance.
Talking points to customize the sample letter:
The casinos have been smoking permitted for more than two years, and are the
only business in the state to get that exemption. It is time for them to provide a
safe workplace for the dealers and workers on the gaming floors, as well as for
The casino dealers earn only a few dollars per hour, plus tips to survive. The
casinos should at a minimum, remove the toxic carcinogenic secondhand smoke from
As a tourist, if Atlantic City does not remain smokefree, I refuse to spend my hard
earned dollars at the casinos and in their restaurants. Ordinance #95’s one-year
indefinite delay will further revenue losses in Atlantic City because nonsmokers, like
me, who are the majority in this state (83% of NJ adults do not smoke) will hold off
going to Atlantic City.
The casinos' request for a one-year indefinite delay in Ordinance #95 is only a ploy
to never enforce a smokefree workplace for casinos. The casinos have done a poor
job in implementing the 75/25 ordinance, by mixing smoking and nonsmoking tables
together, so workers and patrons are in one big smoking section.
The casinos signed a manifesto in April 2008, that they would not oppose the new
ordinance that took effect on October 15. They reneged on that signed promise.
The casinos promised to create volunteer lists of employees willing to work at the
smoking tables. That volunteer list was never created. The casinos force pregnant
workers and workers with pulmonary and cardiac disease to work at smoking tables,
disregarding doctors' notes that require them to work in nonsmoking areas.
The casino industry has deep ties with the tobacco industry. The founder and head
of the American Gaming Association was a top-level tobacco lobbyist in Nevada, and
one of his first orders of business, was offering seminars to the casinos in Nevada,
on how smoking restrictions would hurt business.
The Borgata stated in April 2008 that they planned to go 100% smokefree on their
gaming floors, and not building enclosed smoking lounges. Fast forward to
September and October 2008, and it appears that the Borgata, along with Trump
Entertainment, took the lead on promoting Ordinance #95, which brought back
smoking to the gaming floors, and indefinitely delays returning to 100% smokefree
gaming floors for workers and patrons.