By Rob Marin
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
6:26 PM CST, February 2, 2012
Smoking at state-owned casinos could be banned, under a discussion at the Statehouse Thursday.
A Senate committee discussed changes to the exceptions allowed under the statewide smoking ban. Right now, an exception allows smoking on gaming floors of state owned casinos. Smoking is banned in all other businesses in the state.
Supporters say gambling and smoking go hand-in-hand. A lobbyist for the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane told lawmakers that banning smoking could send some gamblers to Oklahoma.
But health officials cited concerns about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Other's have also said it's unfair for the state to ban smoking in private businesses, but not casinos which the state owns.
The committee took no action on the bill.
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