Many gamblers are health conscious when it come to smoking. On casino floors where smoking is allowed there is a definite need for Casino Etiquette for Smokers & Non-Smokers.
Etiquette for Non-Smokers
To the non-smokers in the audience – smoking and gambling, as well as drinking, have been part of the history of gambling for hundreds of years.
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If you sit down next to a smoker, in a smoking area, don’t complain! They were there first. And especially let it go if they are using an ashtray and trying to be considerate. You can always ask politely if they can move the ashtray one side.
Etiquette for smokers (and Vapers)
To the smokers in the audience – times have changed! We are aware of the health risks of second hand smoke. It’s reality. Smoking is a big issue of concern when it comes to playing slot machines and is always subject to the casino etiquette and policies.
- Please follow signage requesting non smoking areas and tables. There are casinos that allow smoking in specific areas while other casinos totally prohibit smoking at the slot machines.
- If you are smoking while playing slots, blow the cigarette smoke away from other slot players. Your smoking might annoy other people. (You think!), never mind be a health hazard. And if you sit down next to a non-smoker, remember they were there first. Be considerate how you smoke, even though smoking is permitted in that area.
- If you’re smoking while playing video poker or the slots, use an ashtray. If there’s not one at the machine, ask an attendant to bring one to you. Do not use the coin well to drop your ashes or butts. Players who follow you have a right to reach in for their coins without getting your ashes all over their hands.
- Be considerate of the wait staff, and especially staff behind the cashier cages. NEVER smoke while cashing in or taking out money. The people behind the cage might as well be working at a toll booth.
- When you exhale do not do so in the face of other players, dealer, or casino staff. When you are done with your cigarette please fully put it out, not letting it emit smoke from the ash tray. I respect your right to smoke, even at my table, but try to make it as painless for me as possible.
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SMOKE-FREE NEW ENGLAND CASINO FLOORS
All casinos in Maine & Massachusetts do not allow smoking on the casino floor. There are areas to smoke provided. Vaping is also banned in both Maine & Massachusetts casinos. Vaping rules are different from casino to casino and hotel to hotel otherwise. One rule of thumb is vaping is not allowed in smoke-free areas.
That’s all for now.