New Jersey Health Committee to hold hearing on casino smoking bill

The New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee will hold a public hearing on legislation prohibiting smoking in New Jersey’s casinos and simulcast facilities by eliminating the casino exemption to the “Smoke-Free Air Act.”

The hearing on the bill, S-264, for “discussion only,” is scheduled for the committee’s next meeting at 1 p.m. on Feb. 13.

“This hearing will give those engaged in the issue and impacted by the legislation the opportunity to express their views and share relevant information on the proposed casino smoking ban,” state Sen. Joe Vitale, D-Middlesex, said in an announcement. “We welcome a thorough discussion with the committee on how this bill will affect casino employees, customers and the gaming industry. We expect a productive and informative hearing on an issue of importance.”

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