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Clifton Latest Community To Ban Smoking In Parks

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The City of Clifton becomes the latest community in New Jersey to ban smoking in parks and recreation areas.

The health issues are obvious : running through clouds of second hand smoke on the playground isn’t good for anyone, especially children who, by the very nature of getting the most out of a park, will be breathing deeply and inhaling all that smoke putting themselves at risk for future health issues. Of course there are the issues of the discarded lit cigarettes and the endless supply of “butts” that litter just about every public space in the Garden State that will also be eliminated, at least in part, at the parks.

Kudos Clifton! Hip Hip Hip Hooray!

Read more about the Smoking Ban in Clifton on NJ.com  

No more butts on the beach in Seaside Heights

If you smoke cigarettes, you want to take that puff before you hit the Seaside Heights sand because there will be limited areas for people to light up:

Seaside Heights this week unveiled restrictions that require smokers to stay within 20 feet of the boardwalk. The rest of the beach is designated as a nonsmoking area.

Borough Administrator John Camera said officials spent nearly a year considering various options to balance the interests of smokers and nonsmokers. He said the remaining weeks of the summer season would serve as a trial period to determine what to do next year.

Right now, law enforcement is just letting people know of the new limitation and they have not issued any tickets.

MGM stops $5 billion Atlantic City project

It’s a tough time to be building in the current economy:

MGM today said it is halting the project, which would have risen on land next to the Borgata, the glitzy casino the company operates jointly with Boyd Gaming. The announcement came on the same day MGM Mirage reported a 67 percent plunge in third-quarter earnings, largely because of sluggish revenue from its properties on the Las Vegas strip.

“We continue to believe Atlantic City represents an important market for further development,” Terry Lanni, MGM’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “We intend to resume development at such time as economic conditions and capital markets are sufficiently improved to enable us to go forward on a reasonable basis.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m really glad the AC Council postponed that smoking ban for another year. Maybe next they’ll get to work on the capital markets and the overall weak economy, so the factors that actually drive these business decisions can be addressed.

AC delays smoking ban 1 year

Profiles in courage:

Smoking will be permitted in Atlantic City’s 11 casinos for at least the next year under a change-of-heart vote taken by the City Council.

Tonight’s vote cancels a temporary smoking ban that took effect 12 days ago.

The law still needs to be signed by Mayor Scott Evans before taking effect. Evans was not at the meeting. Once the measure is signed, Atlantic City’s casinos will revert to a previous arrangement under which smoking is permitted on no more than 25 percent of a casino floor.

I’m sure that if the economy weren’t the way it is, they wouldn’t take this action.  Yeah, right.  I’d also be willing to bet that the casinos who acted responsibly and made upgrades to accommodate their guests yet comply with the new law greatly appreciate this action as well.

Casinos Go After the Smoking Ban

How are some of Atlantic City’s casino company executives responding to the one-two punch of the tight credit markets they use for capital improvements and the declining revenues in the city’s casinos? Why, by calling for a repeal in the smoking ban of course.

The effect of the credit crisis on Atlantic City’s biggest industry has been apparent for months, as three new casinos have been delayed because of financing problems.

Current casino operators are doing what they can to keep revenue coming in. One senior gaming executive urged the resort’s City Council to consider delaying or repealing the casino smoking ban that begins Oct. 15. Casinos fear the ban will force smokers to flee Atlantic City for gaming markets that have no smoking restrictions.

“We can’t control the financial crisis. That’s something that has to resolve itself. The bigger challenge is the smoking ordinance,” said Larry Mullin, president and chief operating officer of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “The one thing we have control over is the smoking ban.”

Casino executives are up in arms about the smoking ordinance, which hasn’t yet begun in full force, as though they’re powerless to attract customers and gamers without having a more robust smoking option. Really? These guys are masters of a multimillion dollar advertising game that spreads through and saturates a variety of media. Their marketing campaigns are extremely catchy and creative, and they’ve been innovating in advertising successfully as market conditions changed for decades now.

And yet, somehow, the smoking ban is the end of casino life as we know it? Please. Has anybody even thought of the fact that the smoking ban might invite more customers? You know– people who aren’t interested in being poisoned slowly by secondhand smoke? Have they thought that their workforce, not having to deal with daily smoke, would be healthier and therefore likely to be more productive and help increase profits?

Despite this, they’re likely to be successful.

7 in 10 Support Smoke-Free Casinos

By more than a 2-1 margin, New Jersey voters support 100% smoke-free casinos.

The poll conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute (MoE +/- 3.7%) on behalf of NJBreathes found that 69% favor extending the statewide smoking ban to include casinos while only 28% are opposed. Further, 85% agree that “casino workers should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace” while only 12% disagree.

The argument often made against extending such a ban is that it will hurt the economy, but according to the poll, only 7% say they would visit casinos less often if they were completely smoke free. On the other hand, 18% say they would go more often and 64% say it would make no difference.

New Jerseyans overwhelmingly believe that secondhand smoke is either a serious (66%) or moderate (20%) health hazard while only 9% say it’s a minor health hazard and 5% say it is none at all. Likewise, 88% agree that casinos would be a healthier place for customers and employees if they were smoke-free.

The only reason this possibly unconstitutional casino exception to the smoking ban even exists is because certain legislators are subservient to the casino industry – not the people who voted them into office. There’s no reason for the casinos to get special treatment while their employees suffer the effects of second-hand smoke. A loophole ban unanimously passed in the Senate in June, but it has yet to pass in the Assembly. Assemblyman Jim Whelan, whose district includes Atlantic City, introduced a measure to do exactly that, though has previously said that the casinos should be given time to adjust to the partial smoking ban. But what about the casino employees who keep suffering from the unhealthy work conditions? Whelan should push to close the loophole sooner rather than later.

BCC Bans All On-Campus Smoking

The Burlington County Times reported yesterday that Burlington County College has decided to ban all on-campus smoking.

The full smoking ban was approved during a public meeting Tuesday at BCC’s Willingboro Center off Route 130. It will be enforced at the college’s campuses in Mount Laurel and Pemberton Township, as well as at academic centers in Mount Holly and Willingboro, beginning Jan. 1, 2008.

BCC President Robert Messina pushed for the smoking ban for health and financial reasons, arguing the effects of secondhand smoke on students and school employees and the cost of cleaning up cigarette butts outweigh the interests of student smokers.

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News Round-up and Open Thread for Tuesday, February 27, 2007

It’s a long one today, folks.

Open Thread: Whaddya want to talk about today, Blue Jersey?

Thursday News Roundup

  • Aparently HIV transmission rates are on the rise in Trenton, and the numbers are particularly troubling for our black brothers and sisters.  Yesterday, activists from Trenton and across the state attempted to address this.  Have you been tested lately?  Well have you?
  • A goofy compromise was struck in to allow smoking in 25% of the casino floors in Atlantic City.  Am I the only one who’s troubled by the notion that huge chunks of the state’s economy are propped up by taxes from cigarettes and/or gambling revenue?
  • Gov. Corzine paid a visit to Camden’s troubled school system yesterday.  No word yet whether anything will get done to curb the demise of Camden schools.  Doesn’t Speaker Roberts live in Camden?  What about Wayne Bryant?
  • NJ is taking PA to task (and to court) over our neighbor’s possible violations of the so-called Clean Air Act.  Aparently fumes and toxins from coal-fired power plants emitted in the Keystone State are finding their way across the Deleware.
  • A decorated Iraq war soldier from NJ aparently “played a key role in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme that netted her a Cadillac Escalade, two handguns, prescription drugs and enough money to install a deck and hot tub at her home in Trenton.”  Ahhh, our taxes at work.
  • Speaking of taxes, Congressman Chris Smith wants to earmark an astonishing $100,000,000 to combat Lyme’s disease in the state.  I am sure that’s music to the ears of someone with Lyme’s, but what about more pressing health concerns like AIDS?  There were ~3,400 cases of Lyme’s in NJ last year.  According to my math, that’s about $30,000 per patient.  Somewhere a big pharma exec is smiling.

    That’s all for today.  If I missed something, then fire away in the comments.

  • News Round-up and Open Thread for Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    • The Senate passed a bill to create a commission to study town mergers and a bill to eliminate (at least partially) pensions for elected officials convicted of corruption charges. Action on the proposed 20% propTax cut and the 4% cap on propTax increases stalled. Voting on the comptroller bill also stalled when, according to Senate Pres. Codey, the Republicans refused to vote for it. Sen. Barbara Buono also refused support because it had been too watered down.
    • The pot calling the kettle: also in the Star-Ledger article, Sen. Sharpe James, who held the office of mayor of Newark for six of his seven years serving in the Senate, will re-introduce a bill to ban the holding of two elected offices at once.
    • A compromise is being proposed so that Atlantic City could ban smoking in casinos but allow up to 25% of the gambling floor to be designated a smoking section, enclosed and with separate ventilation. Councilman Bruce Ward pointed out that there will still have to be people who have to work in the smoking sections.
    • The mayor and two councilmen of Logan Twp. left the Republican party and became Democrats due to dissatisfaction with their local party leaders. Apparently the move was a surprise to Gloucester County Dem officials.
    • In an effort to improve science education in high schools, tests on specific sciences will be added to the high school graduation requirement, starting with biology in 2008.
    • The Corporation for Enterprise Development, an economic development research group, has given Our Fair State a grade of B for quality of life and work for 2006. We ranked high in education, personal income and job quality, but lower in pay growth, income distribution, and the number of people moving away.
    • But starting this year, you can get divorced quickly! Irreconcilable differences divorces can be completed in six months, according to a new law signed by Gov. Corzine yesterday. The AP reports that “It was supported by the New Jersey Bar Association and opposed by the New Jersey Catholic Conference.” No kidding!
    • You’re on candid camera: new buses which NJ Transit plans to purchase will come equipped with security cameras. Big Brother is always watching.

    Open Thread: What’s on your mind today, Blue Jersey?