Report: MGM's Potential Maryland Project Would Be Its First Smoke-Free Casino
State Has Law On The Books Banning Smoking In Casinos
If MGM Resorts International wins the right to build a brand new casino in Prince George’s County, Maryland it would be the casino giant’s first smoke-free casino anywhere in the world, according to reporting from The Washington Post.
The state of Maryland, which is in the midst of deciding who will be able to build the state’s sixth casino, already has a ban on smoking inside such facilities. Despite this, MGM still thought the project to be lucrative enough.
MGM is squaring off with Penn National Gaming and Greenwood Racing for the right to build in the county. MGM wants to build the $800 million casino at National Harbor, not far from the nation’s capital.
Anti-smoking advocates would see the development as a victory, especially if MGM wins, since it would mark the first time the firm built a casino without smoking. “We want them to be aware, wherever MGM operates, that MGM employees in Maryland get to enjoy a smoke-free environment,” the advocacy group Smoke-Free Gaming of America told The Post.
Right now, seven states have no smoking restrictions whatsoever. They are Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
MGM was found suitable for a Maryland gaming license last month.
Earlier this year, a bankrupt New Jersey casino, Revel, reversed its smoking ban in order to drum up more business. Revel had to restructure $1.2 billion worth of debt.
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