On May 3rd, 2008, smoking customers visiting the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa this coming fall will still be able to smoke, but not inside the facility. Borgata is planning to follow the new law banning smoking while inside the gaming floor by putting up covered smoking areas outside the casino, which would not be completely covered, in hopes of keeping their customers who smoke.
President Larry Mullin commented that they are also planning to do a renovation on their 2,000 hotel rooms this fall so that their facilities are always up to the task. The renovation is a part of the ongoing wave of building projects in Atlantic for the next five years like the $5 billion MGM Atlantic City. Mullin added that the outdoor smoking lounge will not need a ventilation system and will be heated during winter months. Smoking will still be allowed in some hotel rooms.
The Atlantic City Council has approved a total smoking ban for all the eleven casinos of the city on April 23rd, 2008. The law allows casinos to construct lounges where customers could light up but not play. It scrapes a compromise imposed last year that only allow smoking to twenty-five percent of the casino gaming floor. Mayor Scott Evans approved the brand new smoking law and it will be enforced on October 15th, 2008.