Virtual informational hearing held on extension of state ban on smoking in public places, casinos


(WTNH)– State lawmakers are holding a virtual informational hearing on the extension of the ban on smoking in public places, including casinos, on Monday morning.

The Public Health Committee and the Labor and Public Employees Committee will be joint-hosting the hearing. It starts at 9 a.m. can be viewed via YouTube live. To watch the hearing, click here.

It’s been 18 years since Connecticut banned smoking in public places and now there’s a push to extend the ban to Connecticut’s two casinos.

Tribal casinos have been exempt from the smoking ban since they are on sovereign land. The union representing dealers and food servers says a ban is long overdue.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler said in the hearing, “We can’t support the state of Connecticut acting in a manner that is disrespectful or contrary to tribal sovereignty and our government to government relationship and we ask that you consider that in any proposals that move in contrary to that direction.”

Smoking has been banned entirely at the casinos during the course of the pandemic.

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