The Venetian and Palazzo are modifying their desk recreation smoking insurance policies to one thing much like what Wynn Resorts Ltd. has been doing for years.
However representatives of Individuals for Nonsmokers’ Rights say the coverage is only a smokescreen for what resorts ought to be doing.
In a Wednesday inside memo, The Venetian and Palazzo indicated they’re going to permit table-game gamers to smoke, however present non-smoking tables on a case-by-case foundation.
“Starting Monday, Nov. 6, the corporate will reinstate the smoking coverage on the on line casino ground which is able to allow the smoking of cigarettes, cigars and vapes in any respect desk video games on the on line casino flooring at The Venetian and the Palazzo,” the memo says. “As a reminder, the use or visibility of marijuana merchandise continues to be strictly prohibited.”
However gamers can also request a desk be smoke-free.
“For all friends who want to have a smoke-free expertise, a non-smoking desk might be requested,” the memo says. “All requests should be delivered to the eye of a desk video games supervisor or above.”
The corporate stated within the discover that it’s “at all times reviewing and bettering our inside insurance policies to stay aggressive and strategic in our enterprise selections.” The corporate stated it has obtained suggestions on its smoking coverage, prompting it to assessment its present procedures.
The coverage change is much like an unadvertised program at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas that has been in place for years, an organization spokesman stated.
At Wynn properties, a participant can strategy a desk with no different gamers and ask the vendor to designate it as a non-smoking desk. The vendor would then place a no-smoking signal on the desk designating it as non-smoking.
Individuals for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a 47-year-old Berkeley, California-based nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of nonsmokers, stated the insurance policies aren’t sufficient to guard different gamers and on line casino workers.
“The notion of a partial smoking coverage in casinos is a failed try to handle the intense well being issues of on line casino staff,” stated Cynthia Hallett, president and CEO of the group.
“Secondhand smoke respects no boundaries, and permitting smoking in designated areas can’t cloak the pervasive dangers it poses,” she stated. “It’s additionally troubling that beneath Wynn’s coverage, desk recreation sellers should depend on the notice of patrons concerning this unadvertised rule and hope that they go for a smoke-free gaming expertise.”
Smoking in casinos is a controversial matter in Nevada the place there aren’t any restrictions banning smoking. Just one resort property — Park MGM — has a smoking ban in place, imposed in 2020. In June, a 2,500-square-foot non-smoking gaming lounge with a separate entrance from the principle on line casino debuted at downtown’s Plaza.
The International Gaming Expo in October hosted a panel dialogue on smoking in casinos. The calmly attended panel included dialogue on a report that banning smoking hasn’t decreased income era in places the place a ban has been imposed.
Individuals for Nonsmokers’ Rights is advocating on behalf of New Jersey on line casino staff who’re attempting to shut a loophole in laws that allows smoking in casinos.
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