Democrat State Rep. Dan Frankel from Alleghany County hopes to repeal the state’s smoking exemption from the 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act. The law, signed by Gov. Ed Rendell, carved out a provision for smoking inside casinos, cigar lounges, private clubs, and establishments that generated over half their revenue from alcohol.
With a recent study showing that only 14% of Pennsylvania adults smoke tobacco regularly, Rep. Frankel reintroduced his legislative measure to repeal the exemption and ban smoking from all gaming locations.
In Frankel’s memo to lawmakers, he noted that studies have also shown that by going smoke-free, gaming establishments are likely to attract more customers and create more overall revenue for the business.
Along with banning smoking, lawmakers have set their sights on increasing taxable revenue by legalizing eSports Wagering.