Saturday is the deadline for Atlantic City casinos to say how they’ll comply with a law that requires gambling floors to be at least 75 percent smoke free.
At least five casinos will go totally smoke free in their gambling areas.
Harrah’s Atlantic City, the Showboat, Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City will open smoking lounges ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet apiece.
Tropicana Casino and Resort also plans to go the smoking lounge route.
Resorts Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort will create a smoking lounge at each casino, along with one slots area and one table games area at each casino that will be set aside for smokers.
This comes at a bad time for Atlantic City casinos’ that are already struggling this year, dropping revenue by nearly 6 percent from a year ago.
The latest numbers continued a downward trend this year in Atlantic City that has seen the amount of money casinos won from gamblers increase in just one of eight months so far.
The decline is due to a variety of factors, including newly opened slots parlors in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and a partial smoking ban in Atlantic City’s 11 casinos.