In America 20% of the population smokes and out of those 20%, 93% want to quit! In Casino design we go to extraordinary measures to keep smoking as a part of the experience; a very bad part of the experience. We, as architects, assist our clients with political and architectural solutions to keep the casino the last indoor place that allows PUBLIC SMOKING in America. What would happen if all of the casino owners took a deep breath of clean air and stopped smoking within the gaming floors?
- A new younger, more affluent group of healthy people will visit and participate in casino gaming. I personally, will not ever gamble next to a smoker. I hate smoking in the casino!
- The dealers will be healthier and look better.
- The facilities would able to meet LEED energy requirements since they will not be exhausting so much air conditioned air. This would permit much lower power bills and allow for the casino to take advantage of state and federal energy credits for constructing such a “today” building.
- The facility would not require pumped in artificial smells to mask the foul smell of a cigarette stuck in a refrigerated box.
- It would separate entertainment gaming from the “Drinking, Smoking and Gambling” always go together mentality… Why? There are many people who do not smoke and drink that want to visit a casino. Casinos are not bad for your health – drinking and smoking are!
No matter how “cool” and unique the design/project is, it is not “cool” to smoke. Forget that 22 years ago The Silver City on the strip tried a no smoking casino and failed… That was 22 years ago. It is really time for the gaming entertainment operators to realize that holding onto smoking in casinos is dating the industry. Somehow, in an IPAD world, the 600 year-old gaming industry looks old. Please stop all smoking in all casinos NOW!
Recent related story on the matter appeared in Las Vegas Review Journal on 12/13/2010:
Crusade to outlaw smoking in casinos is waged in hostile territory.
Posted: December 15th, 2010
at 3:51pm by Paul Steelman
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