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Lamont White

Co-Founder, Casino Employees Against Smoking Effects (CEASE)

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When the pandemic ended and casinos reopened in 2020, most of them prohibited smoking. But once the masks came off the cigarettes came back out. Lamont White, a dealer at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, joined other dealers in objecting to the policy and formed CEASE, or Casino Employees Against Smoking Effects. The effort may pay off in New Jersey as the leading politicians in New Jersey will vote on a bill to establish a full smoking ban in all casinos in the state. Meanwhile, CEASE has spread to many other states where smoking is still permitted. White explains the motivations behind the movement and the hypocrisy of casino executives who can’t even defend the policy. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros on the exhibit floor at G2E in October in Las Vegas.

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Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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