The casino industry generated over one billion bucks for Iowa last year. Sounds nice, although that state wasn't under a smoking ban for all of 2008.
I believe it on the casino industry being very important for Iowa's income situation. The heart and soul of most hospitality businesses (including casinos) are smokers.
Good luck in generating one billion bucks again at the casinos, Iowa. Illinois lost a he11uva lotta money in the casino industry afta one full year of a state smoking ban.
I won't be surprised if Iowa casjnos LOSE as much as 250 million bucks in the casino industry when 2009 is over.
If casinos are exempted from the Iowa ban, good for them. But I don't recall hearing of Iowa smoking ban exemptions.