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Antismoking laws could hamstring Mass. casinos

Bay State law could affect their ability to compete

It is an old saw in the gambling industry that antismoking policies hurt revenue by driving away a casino’s best customers.

With Massachusetts preparing to open smoke-free gambling resorts, the industry’s conventional wisdom will be put to the test. The local casinos will have to compete with established facilities in Rhode Island and Connecticut that permit gamblers to light up.

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