La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking.
After the New Year, the City Council will debate a proposed ban on smoking in public places. Among those most affected by a ban would be the city's gambling houses, which include a Harrah's casino outside the French Quarter, a horse racing track and many video poker halls.
The lost revenue estimates were presented Thursday by the Louisiana State Police, the agency that oversees gambling in Louisiana.
The proposed ban has divided opinions in this city famous for its tolerance and lax vice laws.