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Clean air could cost casinos and the state

  If New Orleans bans smoking in casinos, the Louisiana State Police (LSP) projects a potential $100 million loss in gaming revenue and fees in the state within two years. In January, the New Orleans City Council will begin public hearings on a citywide smoking ban in bars and casinos, a measure sponsored by District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and supported by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and several other groups.

  In its report to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board Dec. 18, the LSP Gaming En- forcement Division — using calculations based on a PricewaterhouseCoopers study projecting decreased revenues following a similar ban in Delaware in 2002 — determined the state could stand to lose more than $86.4 million in gaming revenue and another $17.4 million in fees. Gaming Division audit director Jeff Traylor emphasized to Gambit that the projections aren't based on studies but existing data.

  In a letter to the City Council, the Smoke-Free New Orleans Coalition (made up of nonsmoking advocates and the LPHI) said the "doom and gloom" from the LSP is intended to "divert your attention away from the public health benefits of smoke-free policies and create an atmosphere of doubt and fear." The letter questions the legitimacy of the 2005 Delaware study (commissioned by the Casino Association of New Jersey), and points out that Delaware bars and casinos remain open almost 10 years later.

  The City Council plans to discuss the smoking ordinance at its Jan. 7 Community Development Committee meeting. — ALEX WOODWARD

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