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New Jersey Signs Public Smoking Ban, Casinos Exempted - For Now

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 15th January 2006 11:43am
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Vince Rennich and Alan Angeloni represent the unlucky losers in New Jersey's battle to ban smoking indoors.

Rennich, 47, a table games supervisor at an Atlantic City casino, has lung cancer he blames on 25 years of inhaling secondhand smoke in a workplace he calls "a modern-day coal mine." Unlike employees and customers in restaurants, bars and other indoor public places, he'll get no relief from a smoking ban signed Sunday by Gov. Richard J. Codey, since it excludes the casinos' gambling areas.

"A good majority of the time, I'm surrounded in a cloud of smoke," said Rennich, who doesn't smoke. "Even if it's a no-smoking table, it doesn't help. The way the smoke blows or drifts, you can only go so far. It'll find you."

For Angeloni, owner of Angeloni's II, an Italian restaurant two blocks off the casino strip, the exemption is a matter of dollars and cents. Under the ban, his customers won't be able to smoke while they drink, but they will be at nearby Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino - or any of the 11 other casinos.



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