It has become a choice between health and profit for Atlantic City casinos. Reports claim that if New Jersey passes the ban, gambling revenue may significantly drop. The report doesn't speak about online gambling, but there may be a significant effect too. In addition, up to 2,500 people could lose their jobs.
A report from Spectrum Gaming Group also claims that prohibition on cigars and cigarettes could cause a 10.9 percent decline in gaming revenue. It may also lead to losing up to $44 million in tax revenue and $93 million in non-gaming revenue.
According to the analysis, the rationale is that most smokers spend “a significantly higher amount” than non-smokers when gambling. Spectrum also estimates that 21 percent of casino visitors are smokers, but only account for 26.1 percent and 31.3 percent of revenue in casinos.
Joe Lupo, Casino Atlantic City, Hard Rock Hotel, and the Casino Association of New Jersey president says a smoking ban would significantly affect South Jersey towns. According to Lupo, the win-per-game rates in smoking sections are 0.5 times higher compared to games in non-smoking sections.