On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy looked forward to his State of the State address while lobbyists for a smoking ban in the state pushed for action. Casino Employees Against Smoking Effects (CEASE) released a video just before the address by Murphy to call for legislators to pass a smoking ban.
The group wants the ban in place by April 15, which is the date of the 17th anniversary of the smoke-free law in New Jersey. The law bans smoking within workplaces and indoor public areas. The ban was expanded over the years to include parks and beaches, but casinos remain immune.
A loophole within the Smoke-Free Air Act allows casinos to offer smoking within their premises. Legislation is currently under consideration that would remove the loophole and ban smoking for good.