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    New Smoking Policy

    I saw that someone mentioned, on an Aruba facebook page, that Aruba will be banning smoking in casinos and bars very soon. Does anyone have any information about this?

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    i have no further information.
    i have been reading dribs and drabs of it on different FB pages.

    but boy, this would be great news if it is true.
    there should be no smoking indoors anywhere.

    even outdoors, i find it bothersome if it is blowing my way.

    there are some days in aruba that i am in a bathing suit ALL day.
    in the evening i will throw on a blouse and capris, go to dinner and casino...and may be in those clothes for 3 hrs.
    they are technically clean (if i did not spill) but the STINK of smoke.

    i just returned from a cruise where the casino smoke was horrible. (even in the non smoking section)
    ALL of our clothes..including the clothes that went unworn had to go in the wash when we got home.
    (the clean clothes hanging in ths cabin's closet and the dirty laundry in a laundry bag on the floor of the closet...all clothes in proximity picked up the stink)

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    We only cruise with Celebrity, because of their strict smoking policies. They only allow smoking in two outside areas. There is no smoking allowed anywhere indoors or on the balconies. Some other cruise lines are beginning to follow suit.
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    OMG, I would love it if the casinos went nonsmoking!!! When we were at the Crystal Casino, last trip, the smoke was horrendous I had to leave.

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    Being a former smoker (quit 20+) yrs ago. And I do feel for those who enjoy a cigarette after dinner and relaxing while gambling.
    but if they had a special area in the back area it be okay. So others will not have to walk through a smokey area.
    Cause the casino's may lose customers ... especially if they are in a need for their fix.

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    I would be VERY surprised if this is true. That being said, Maryland doesn't allow smoking in their casinos and they are doing just fine.

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    I haven't smoked in a long time. Years ago when smoking was being banned in Virginia, patronage actually increased at establishments that banned smoking. That said, I think if Aruba institutes this policy and the establishments affected go about this the right way, all can be accommodated. Smokers are human and have rights too.

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    I'm thinking in a place like Aruba with so many outdoor establishments, they casual gambler/smokers will walk outside of a casino to smoke and decide to go hang out elsewhere. A smoker who may have been on the fence, considering leaving the a casino will have a good excuse. The thing about casinos is they have to keep you there to keep taking your money.

    Its tricky for me, I hate smoke and it is one of the triggers for my allergies, but my husband and quite a few of our friends are smokers. When we are in a non-smoking place, there are a lot of times, I end up sitting alone while everyone takes a smoke break outside. Aruba casinos do get smoky. We were at the Marriott once and a lady was extremely rude to Jon while he was playing roulette and smoking. He tries to be considerate and blow his smoke away from people. The whole place was smoky and she was totally out of line. We did end up walking away because she was sucking the fun out of the table. It would be nice to have some non-smoking options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I'm thinking in a place like Aruba with so many outdoor establishments, they casual gambler/smokers will walk outside of a casino to smoke and decide to go hang out elsewhere. A smoker who may have been on the fence, considering leaving the a casino will have a good excuse. The thing about casinos is they have to keep you there to keep taking your money.

    Its tricky for me, I hate smoke and it is one of the triggers for my allergies, but my husband and quite a few of our friends are smokers. When we are in a non-smoking place, there are a lot of times, I end up sitting alone while everyone takes a smoke break outside. Aruba casinos do get smoky. We were at the Marriott once and a lady was extremely rude to Jon while he was playing roulette and smoking. He tries to be considerate and blow his smoke away from people. The whole place was smoky and she was totally out of line. We did end up walking away because she was sucking the fun out of the table. It would be nice to have some non-smoking options.
    Better get used to being "alone" for you will most likely outlive all of them. I quit smoking 40 years ago and several of my old smoker friends and relatives have been gone for years. The ones that are still here have health problems such as emphysema. There was one exception to that. One of my uncles smoked several packs a day until he was in his late 70s. He died at 91 from a brain tumor.
    Last edited by arubabob; 01-16-2017 at 12:24 AM.

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    Well we don't smoke and know how you feel walking into a casino and getting that blast of smoke. Holy cow! That being said, We get upset with X-smokers saying they don't want anyone smoking now. So we had to breathe your smoke for many years and now that you quit , nobody can smoke! We agree, there should be well ventilated smoking areas away from the the non-smokers. I'm sure some people will hate our opinion.
    Sean and Susan

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