Now that both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have removed the last of their COVID restrictions, the gaming regulators in these states have decided to allow gamblers to smoke inside again. This ban was in effect in New Jersey for a year, and Pennsylvania had a similar ban.
However, these two states have responded differently to the end of the ban on indoor smoking. New Jersey now allows indoor smoking in all nine of its casinos. Whereas, Pennsylvania has only resumed indoor smoking in three of their casinos, the Meadows Casino, Rivers Casino, and Pittsburgh Casino.
But, both states have placed restrictions on where smoking is allowed in their casinos. New Jersey is restricting smoking to approximately 20% of the casino’s gaming area. Whereas Pennsylvania is limiting smoking to marked smoking areas.
However, the removal of these bans is not good news for some people. Many players are expressing desire for a complete ban on indoor smoking in casinos altogether. The Casino Association of New Jersey has expressed a similar position on a full smoking ban as well.