Ohio casinos want slots in smoking areas

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's casinos want to make sure gamblers can still feed the slot machines during their smoke breaks.

Major casinos in Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo want to install slot machines in designated smoking areas while keeping their main gaming floors smoke-free.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1q82x56 ) reports that the city's downtown casino plans to install about 150 slot machines and other gaming devices on a nearly 10,000-square-foot smoking deck now under construction.

Ohio's smoking ban has been seen as a competitive advantage to three riverboat casinos in southeast Indiana, where smoking is allowed.

Regulators with the Ohio Casino Control Commission say they are reviewing the Cincinnati casino's proposal and will approve it as long as it meets requirements.

All five of Ohio's racinos have at least a few slots in smoking areas.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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