The smoking ban impacts the gaming industry because of the high percentage of casino patrons that also smoke and desire to do so when gambling. An article from mainetoday.com reports that "surveys show 35 to 40 percent of casino customers smoke, compared with roughly 20 percent of the general population." Some Illinois casinos indicated in the past that they believe that as much as 60% to 70% of their patrons smoked while attending their riverboats.Of course, the smoking ban was initially approved to protect the health of the good people of Illinois. But then, does anyone really expect politicians to choose the well-being of their constituents over money? We wouldn't bet on it.
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