Casinos should sue over smoking ban, says Donald Trump

Donald Trump, chairman of Trump Entertainment Resorts which runs three casinos in Atlantic city, has called on the Casino Association of New Jersey to sue over the upcoming smoking ban that will apply to the city’s casinos.

Trump, whose company runs Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Trump Marina Hotel Casino, says the law, which is set to be introduced in October, will put the city’s casinos at a competitive disadvantage.

The slot parlours of nearby Philadelphia, where gamblers are free to smoke anywhere, are already stealing customers from Atlantic City.

"I'm not a smoker, and I don't personally like what smoking does to people," Trump told The Associated Press in an interview.

"But this puts us at a huge disadvantage. We're the only one that has it. That (the smoking ban) will have a tremendously negative effect in Atlantic City. Why would you pass a law knowing it's going to reduce your revenues?"

One thing is for sure; casino employees are elated the smoking ban has been introduced – but perhaps they should keep in mind that once the law is in place, and casino revenues inevitably begin to tumble, their jobs could also be going up in smoke.

Editor, - 2008-04-25 10:53:35

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