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MGM Resorts adopts smoke-free policy for Vegas Strip casino

Added 09-14-20 09:04:03am EST - “One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday. Park MGM will prohibit tobacco smoke inside when it opens Sept. 30, said…” - News.yahoo.com

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday.

Park MGM will prohibit tobacco smoke inside when it opens Sept. 30, said Anton Nikodemus, president and chief operating officer of the 3,000-room property that many remember as the Monte Carlo casino-hotel.

“We’re making the facility completely non-smoking because of continued guest requests,” he said. The property also includes the upscale NoMad hotel, which will open, and the 5,200-seat Park Theater, which remains closed due to a COVID-19 ban on crowds.

Moving to smoke-free is hardly a gamble, Nikodemus said: “We believe there is a high level of pent-up demand to have a non-smoking casino, especially here in Las Vegas."

The move by the city’s largest casino employer is a turning point in a city known for neon lights and tourists lighting up even if they can’t at home. Smoking and secondhand smoke has in the past sparked lawsuits and intense political debate.

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