MS--Smoke-Free Casinos

Dec 18, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Meridian Star

The author of a proposed law to ban smoking in Mississippi says the Legislature isn't likely to pass his bill.

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Since: Jul 08

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Yeah, open up a non-smoking casino and see how well it does.

They passed that non-smoking crap here in Omaha and every bar owner, bartender, waiter, and seemingly everyone else is suffering badly. Lots of bars are just empty and dead now, because everybody drives 30 minutes away to Iowa to drink and smoke.

You can still smoke at 2 of the 3 casinos because they're boats.

I say if you don't want to be around smoke, don't go to a smoker friendly establishment.

Private owners and companies alike should have the final say on smoking in the establishments that THEY, NOT the government, own.
biloxiyankee

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Jan 5, 2009
 
2 years ago they put a smoking ban on the casinos in Atlantic City. They did keep a very small area open for smokers. The casinos lost a substantial amount of money as smokers went elsewhere to gamble. Now, because of the tax revenue loss to the state because of the ban, they have decided to once again allow smoking in the casinos. Lesson learned.

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Jan 5, 2009
 
Unfortunately, Omaha is full of wealthy, whiney people that want to seem sophisticated and holier than thou, so if they don't smoke, nobody else should.

And by the time the actual numbers come in and we see how much that's hurting all of the small businesses, bars, restaurants, etc, most of the damage will be irreversible and in the end, the business owners as well as the taxpayers are the ones getting screwed.

It's bad enough that they won't allow casinos to operate in Nebraska. Taxes here suck.
For a place that's doing very well financially, this place is ass-backwards. I'd love to move back south if I could find a decent job there.
deedoll

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Passed the smoking ban here in TN also, except for 21 and over establishments. That would save the casinos, if we had any, as you must be 21 to enter. I stopped going to the boat in Metropolis, IL due to the smoking ban in the casino. Now travel to Indiana and Tunica. Please don't pass this bill, we smokers deserve a place to gamble and waste our money. We are tax paying citizens that still deserve some considerations.
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Jul 22, 2009
 
Hope this ban is not passed.I live in north Georgia. Our govener purdue got a bill passed a few years ago.NO smoking in any restaurant.But we always take our vacations in Tunica.We save all our time and money to spend in Mississippi. Hope it does not change.
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Jul 29, 2009
 
I don't hang out at casinos but this does sound far fetched! What do they do to you if you're caught smoking inside? Do you get arrested?
..SusanDianeMurphree..Marianna , Arkansas
July 29, 2009
SusanDianeMurphr ee

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Jul 29, 2009
 
Does anyone know where my cousin Butch Stanton is these days? Saw something on the Internet where he plays those role playing games. He used to teach school somewhere around there. Haven't seen him in years.
..SusanDianeMurphree..Marianna , Arkansas
July 29, 2009
Mike

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Banning smoking in California did not hurt commerce at all but it did reduce the amount of smokers by a lot, and isn't that the idea?
Lyle

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I agree, Mike. Also, I could care less if the casinos business is hurt.
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Feb 1, 2010
 
captainsquanto wrote:
Yeah, open up a non-smoking casino and see how well it does.
They passed that non-smoking crap here in Omaha and every bar owner, bartender, waiter, and seemingly everyone else is suffering badly. Lots of bars are just empty and dead now, because everybody drives 30 minutes away to Iowa to drink and smoke.
You can still smoke at 2 of the 3 casinos because they're boats.
I say if you don't want to be around smoke, don't go to a smoker friendly establishment.
Private owners and companies alike should have the final say on smoking in the establishments that THEY, NOT the government, own.
AMEN TO THAT !!!
I Know Better

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Lyle wrote:
I agree, Mike. Also, I could care less if the casinos business is hurt.
Casinos offer a lot of jobs. I know for a fact that when casinos came to Biloxi,Ms. that it got a lot of people off the Food Stamp Program and off Welfare. It saved people from going hungry. It put roofs over people's heads. Smokers have rights just like everyone else. Just like drinkers. What's next, no alcohol served because it can hurt someone else if you have too much to drink? Or, what if you go into a restaurant and they tell you what you can or can't have to eat? It's not about smoking, necessarily, it's more about taking away people's right to their free will and freedom.

I LOVE Mississippi and hope it doesn't change. When in Memphis, I go down to Southaven because you can smoke in most of the restaurants there. What's better than going in and ordering a meal, and having a cup of coffee or a drink and a cigarette? Not much! I like freedom of choice. It should be up to the business owner, not the government.
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Feb 21, 2010
 
How about if the casinos, who are making all the money, put in much better ventilation systems so every one could stand it. Plus, it would just be healthier for all.
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I had the displeasure of staying at a casino hotel - in a non-smoking room - that smelled horrible of smoke. From every hotel entrance the smoke was an assault. I've stayed at Casino hotels in Vegas and have not had a problem with my non-smoking room. Vicksburg could benefit from better ventilation. BTW, I live in NY where there is a smoking ban in all restuarants and bars and clubs and it's wonderful. It's nice to go out and come home and not smell and feel as if you've smoked a pack of cigs.
The Ugly Truth

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captainsquanto wrote:
Yeah, open up a non-smoking casino and see how well it does.
They passed that non-smoking crap here in Omaha and every bar owner, bartender, waiter, and seemingly everyone else is suffering badly. Lots of bars are just empty and dead now, because everybody drives 30 minutes away to Iowa to drink and smoke.
You can still smoke at 2 of the 3 casinos because they're boats.
I say if you don't want to be around smoke, don't go to a smoker friendly establishment.
Private owners and companies alike should have the final say on smoking in the establishments that THEY, NOT the government, own.
I agree 100%!! One reason I like Mississippi is because there is still freedom of choice in that state. When I go to a casino, I don't want to leave my machine/table or whatever, to go 'sneak' a cigarette. If I'm gonna throw my money away in there, I want some privileges. I want a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

You're right, if anyone wants to fail at business, just put in a non-smoking establishment.
gotta be somewhere

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Mar 5, 2010
 
captainsquanto wrote:
Unfortunately, Omaha is full of wealthy, whiney people that want to seem sophisticated and holier than thou, so if they don't smoke, nobody else should.
And by the time the actual numbers come in and we see how much that's hurting all of the small businesses, bars, restaurants, etc, most of the damage will be irreversible and in the end, the business owners as well as the taxpayers are the ones getting screwed.
It's bad enough that they won't allow casinos to operate in Nebraska. Taxes here suck.
For a place that's doing very well financially, this place is ass-backwards. I'd love to move back south if I could find a decent job there.
For the life of me, I don't know why anyone in their right mind would live in Omaha. I guess everybody has to live somewhere? The way our rights are being taken away from us one at a time, what's next?'They' gonna tell us how many children we can have based on our income? How much we're allowed to spend on food? I guess it depends on where their stocks are held.
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SusanDianeMurphree wrote:
I don't hang out at casinos but this does sound far fetched! What do they do to you if you're caught smoking inside? Do you get arrested?
..SusanDianeMurphree..Marianna , Arkansas
July 29, 2009
I had 2 security officers in the mall unsnap their holsters when they saw me standing in what used to be the smoking section. I hadn't been there in a few months and had no idea they'd moved the smoking section to inside the restaurant. It had an outside entrance. I was just standing there minding my own business, waiting for my husband to come out of the restroom. I wondered if they would shoot me or push me to the ground and handcuff me.

Being the smart-azz that I can be, when the one who actually had his hand on his gun said,'You're gonna have to put that out,' the first thing that came to mind was,'give me your hand.' I didn't say it out loud, but would my behavior have been any more frightening to them as theirs was to me?

Those guys were idiots... harassing a woman like they did. They wouldn't have been so overbearing if my husband had been out there with me, but three of them came over like I was armed and dangerous or something.

The no-smoking thing has gone too far.
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Mar 5, 2010
 
deedoll wrote:
Passed the smoking ban here in TN also, except for 21 and over establishments. That would save the casinos, if we had any, as you must be 21 to enter. I stopped going to the boat in Metropolis, IL due to the smoking ban in the casino. Now travel to Indiana and Tunica. Please don't pass this bill, we smokers deserve a place to gamble and waste our money. We are tax paying citizens that still deserve some considerations.
Tennessee doesn't have anything that would lure me to visit - no casinos, no smoking except in over-21 places - unless somebody wanted to go to Dollyworld or wherever, it just wouldn't be worth it.
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Sonya wrote:
I had the displeasure of staying at a casino hotel - in a non-smoking room - that smelled horrible of smoke. From every hotel entrance the smoke was an assault. I've stayed at Casino hotels in Vegas and have not had a problem with my non-smoking room. Vicksburg could benefit from better ventilation. BTW, I live in NY where there is a smoking ban in all restuarants and bars and clubs and it's wonderful. It's nice to go out and come home and not smell and feel as if you've smoked a pack of cigs.
Then stay in New York!! We don't want you down south. If you can't stand the smoke, rent or buy an RV and hook up anywhere you want. But not in my backyard!
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Sonya wrote:
I had the displeasure of staying at a casino hotel - in a non-smoking room - that smelled horrible of smoke. From every hotel entrance the smoke was an assault. I've stayed at Casino hotels in Vegas and have not had a problem with my non-smoking room. Vicksburg could benefit from better ventilation. BTW, I live in NY where there is a smoking ban in all restuarants and bars and clubs and it's wonderful. It's nice to go out and come home and not smell and feel as if you've smoked a pack of cigs.
you owe me a keyboard and monitor now where I spit coffee laughing when I read that. I've been to nasty a$$ NY, where the air is so stagnant you puke breathing it....try keeping your yankee arses and opinions up there
The Ugly Truth

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jack wrote:
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you owe me a keyboard and monitor now where I spit coffee laughing when I read that. I've been to nasty a$$ NY, where the air is so stagnant you puke breathing it....try keeping your yankee arses and opinions up there
Now I need a new keyboard! LOL I'm with you... the Yankees need to stay up north. They've had their nose in our business long enough.

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