Park MGM to Be First Entirely Non-Smoking Resort in Las Vegas

Park MGM, formerly Monte Carlo, is reportedly going to break new ground when it reopens. Word is Park MGM will be the first completely non-smoking casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Yep, the casino, the hotel and pool. The whole nine.

Boom.

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The time for a non-smoking Vegas casino may have finally arrived.

There’s been a lot of buzz about Las Vegas casinos possibly going non-smoking (including a rumor about Planet Hollywood which Caesars Entertainment quickly denied), but popular wisdom has been a non-smoking casino in Vegas is doomed.

We beg to differ.

Park MGM is the perfect casino resort to take the smoking ban leap.

While the timing is related to the COVID-19 crisis, a smoking ban is going to be a huge market differentiator for Park MGM. That marketing hook is needed more than ever, especially because the hotel has not met expectations since the Monte Carlo rebrand. Ditto the resorts hotel-within-a-hotel, NoMad.

The goal for Park MGM has always been to appeal to younger customers (or any customers, really). The “bold” move to ban smoking is certain to be a draw for customers who may never have been to Park MGM, or Monte Carlo for that matter.

It seems likely the smoking ban at Park MGM will be presented as “temporary,” but if it results in pulling in new customers, it may end up being the beginning of a trend for Las Vegas casinos, despite the vocal opposition to such a cultural and business shift.

Interestingly, former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren may have tipped the company’s hand about a smoke-free Vegas casino, without ever mentioning a specific resort.

In an interview with Fox 5 Las Vegas, Murren said he believed over time Las Vegas casinos will “gravitate” toward being smoke-free.

Another breadcrumb MGM Resorts would make this move? A survey sent to loyalty club members specifically asked if enforcing non-smoking policies would increase their chances of returning sooner. Somebody, apparently, answered “yes.” See more from the MGM Resorts survey.

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The survey question that launched a thousand blog comments.

We’ve hear there are a lot of MGM Resorts executives who are very nervous about this decision, and if the rumor pans out, we look forward to seeing how this surprising twist unfolds.

The best players at Park MGM are already being contacted by their casino hosts to make sure they’re cool with the smoking ban.

There’s been no official announcement from Park MGM about the rumored smoking ban or a reopening date. We’ve heard July 1, so let’s go with that.

117 thoughts on “Park MGM to Be First Entirely Non-Smoking Resort in Las Vegas

      1. Paul

        I will NOT be gambling at the Park if it is non smoking. A non smoking section would be appropriate and I would gamble and eat there if that was instituted.

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        1. Richie vazquez

          Better yet…..a small smoking section would be more fitting. There are far more non-smokers than there are smokers.

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        2. Brenda

          I would go back to Vegas to stay in a NON SMOKING CASINO but only when it is SAFE with the Virus gone and I didn’t have to wear a mask that makes it hard to breathe . Right now it’s a no go because of the virus . I don’t think it is ok for someone to blow smoke in my face after it just came out of their lungs and back in my lungs !!! Think about it

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  1. Smokeless the Bear

    I say go for it. It’s time that we stop letting the minority, the second-class citizens, be permitted to pollute the air in Vegas casinos. This ain’t 1970 any more, get with the times, Vegas.

    The obvious question: What about vaping, for all those wise, young kids who know tobacco is bad, but have no problem enjoying the smoke-free risks of vaping? I assume vaping is out at a non-smoking casino as well.

    Vegas is decades behind the world in public health. I don’t care if it is “Sin City,” it’s time to stop harming others with your sin. It’s illegal for you to drive drunk and injure me with your car, it should be illegal for you to smoke your Virginia Slims and harm me with your secondhand smoke.

    Go Park MGM!

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    1. Deborah,Adams

      I have been a patreon of Las Vegas for 25 years I’ve stayed at the MGM many times even when it was the Monte Carlo no smoking no me!!!

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    2. Becky H.

      Second class citizens. Lmao
      FYI they tried non smoking years ago. Huge fail. U have no idea what your talking about.. I’m born and raised here. U haven’t a clue, when ppl have money especially a high roller they can smoke and so can I. Put that in your pipe and smoke it 🙄😛🤗

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      1. John Delibos

        You are correct. They did try it years ago…about 40 years ago. At that time almost 40% of the population smoked. Now that figure is +/-13.5%. Times are changing as people not only become more informed but also have the benefit of 40 years of pain and suffering to learn from. If someone chooses to smoke it doesn’t mean I have to let them make that choice for me.

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  2. John Delibos

    We can only hope. I get tired of tolerating other people’s bad habits. If they can smoke where they want, I should be able to shit where I want.

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    1. Earth

      Although that’s a hilarious comment, did you stop to imagine what it would look like if people could shit wherever they wanted? I’ll flirt with a cute girl that’s smoking, but if she’s dropping a duece on the dance floor…hmmm. Nah. 😂 💩

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      1. Dean

        Id flirt with a girl taking a shit before I’d flirt with a girl smoking. I’m kissing her mouth and not her asshole.

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    2. Judy Raye

      I dont like to be around loud and obnoxious drunks either but everyone has the right to smoke/vape or drink.

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      1. Donald J Plump

        The MGM Park is very disappointed Deborah will not be stopping in our non smoking Casino.
        Said No one EVER!!!

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    1. Joey

      Really? You cant smoke through a mask. There are 30 other casinos in Vegas that you can loose your money too.

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  3. Jane Vollmer

    Yeah! No smoking is great. I will spend more time gambling. I hated my clothes smelling of smoke and having to change machines when a smoker would sit next to me. Then there was having to move the ash tray to the far side of the next machine.

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    1. Steve Whitener

      My thoughts (and behaviors) exactly. While I’ve stayed at the boring ParkMGM, I found it blah. But clean air in the lobby, corridors, elevators, and casino is a big, big, plus for me. I’m back there.

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  4. Mike Alexakis

    I always love staying at the Monte Carlo/Park MGM, superb location and a free tram to the center of the strip… This is fabulous news, what a luxury it will be to not have to change shirts multiple times a day, the clean air will lure many Californians like myself, I think this will be very popular… My complaint about this property is that they never have five dollar minimum craps, even at five in the morning its ten, but I guarantee my wife will make us book out next trip there…

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  5. Frank Caltagirone

    That is great if they hold to their word as a non smoking hotel. It is proven, that with this covid19 virus those who smoke are more likely to come down with the virus and why should NON smokers like me have to be in that enviroment. I applaud the hotel

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  6. Librarian

    Funny…I filled out that survey and that particular question left off one option:
    “I would not return..”

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    1. Tom

      Simple for me, if they ban smoking, is a drinking ban next ? Sorry I will never walk into PArk MGM again. You lost 1 here.

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  7. Bill Hampshire

    Addicts of any kind make ideal customers for a casino.
    One addicted to smoking is more likely to become addicted to gambling, and so on.
    So banning smoking has been so vehemently denied until now.
    I predict a return to the cigs once things return to a more normal state.

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  8. Joe

    Gotta bam in all casinos or it won’t work. Would love to have smoke free casinos but they will be doomed if they are the only ones doing it.

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  9. Sharon

    Good on them! We need to be sure and patronize them as much as possible to support them! I live here and rarely go the the strip casinos but could make an exception for this. Nice to see someone willing to try….everyone talks about nonsmoking casinos going out of business but smoking is regarded much more differently now. All these visitors who must smoke no doubt step out when they are at home. They can handle it.

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  10. Joe Camel

    It’s a worthwhile experiment. And a good time to try it.

    Except for their sports bar, that place always kind of bores me. But like Scott says, why not try something different and see if it differentiates it?

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  11. Inspector 57

    Damn, what is the name of that casino near Peppermill that went smokeless YEARS ago?
    And how did that work out for them?

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      1. Larry Lujack

        Stop living in the past, man. Second-class citizens are the minority, and are no longer tolerated.

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    1. Haku

      Well that’s a very vague statement!
      How about researching information before posting so people will know what you’re talking about!
      So we won’t see you with a ventilator and smoking out of a hole in your neck. Sounds good.
      Why does this bother anyone when there’s so many casinos all over Vegas you can get your smoke on along with emphysema.

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    2. Judy Raye

      What happens to all of the overseas guests who are smokers? A lot of the countries do not restrict smoking. Alot of them are also big gamblers. I guess they wont want to go there!!! All around this is a dumb idea. They can designate smoking areas need be but the total ban is not a smart business move.

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      1. Koalapete 63211

        All casinos in Australia are completely non smoking, and have been for several years. There has been no decrease in patrons. if people want to smoke, they are free to go outside the building and smoke.

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  12. Samatha

    Maybe park mgm should worry about cleaning up the prostitution that takes place in there parking garage bathroom and all the prostitues that sit in the hall ways as well as conference center bathrooms the strip is bad for all this and casinos but this place is so bad at any given time you will see 10-20 lurking in aria garage and constantly running into them having sexual in the bathrooms smoking really is least of their problems

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    1. Mike Alexakis

      You are the tenth opinion poster who has decided that steering the debate towards another issue is the ticket to more cancerous air, strawman style, but I credit you for the provocative images, sex works, it grabs attention, shifts blood flow, beads of sweat… I think I need a cigarette…

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    2. Paulz

      I’ve been coming to Vegas for years and am a little angry I’m just hearing about this! Is there a waiting list and do they accept coupons?

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  13. Marcia

    I don’t think it will be successful. Why don’t they just have areas for smokers like local casinos? That way all are happy!!

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    1. Vegan Life

      Marcia it doesn’t work Aria tried that and degenerates still walk into the non smoking areas.
      It’s non smoking tables not the area so the dredges of society are too selfish to respect the non smoking areas.

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  14. Sunflowers Galore

    We’ve never stepped in that place but will certainly check it out during our next trip. It will be a nice change, reveling in a Vegas casino for as long as we please, rather than walking out because we’ve had all the smoke we can take. Thank you, Park MGM. We’ll see you soon.

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  15. Bob

    MGM should look at how the non-smoking areas in their current casinos perform and decide if they think it will succeed. Bellagio has a non-smoking section that is always empty. MGM Grand has completely open card tables that are non smoking while people wait for seats at the rest of the tables where smoking is permitted.

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    1. Mike Alexakis

      That makes perfect sense, I have always thought casino operators take too much peyote and sniff too much glue, very simple little things are the ticket, people crowd towards ashtrays and iron lungs, time for these dummies to wake up and smell the lung darts…

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    2. Haku

      Time for you to open you own casino so everyone can enjoy some second hand smoke.
      It’s a new era people are tired of playing in a smoky casino.
      Think this proves the point not only are smokers weak minded inconsiderate but arrogant and feel if they are going to get sick from smoking drag others along with them! There’s dozens of smoky casinos in Vegas go enjoy them and let those that enjoy a smoke free environment have their fun!

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    3. WILLIAM WINGO

      OTOH, the Orleans poker room has been completely tobacco-free for years, and was always crowded–before the pandemic, at least. Not so for the rest of the casino, of course….
      And I think it’s the same at South Point.

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  16. Darlene Kennedy

    Mountaineer in West Virginia went non-smoking and couldnt make it so they are now smoking again. I dont go ballgames anymore because of non smoking issues.

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    1. Mike Alexakis

      Me too, I gave up on ballgames, too many prissies making too many restrictive rules, freedom is dying… They can find another Tee Ball coach, my kids will understand why Daddy tucked the Daily Racing Form under his arm and stormed away, its a good lesson for them, pitching a fit, having a snit, its the American way…

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    2. Vegan Life

      I used to drink milk now I don’t drink milk.
      What is your point hillbilly?
      It’s giving people an option.
      It’s not for you go somewhere else.
      Learn to evolve through the times!

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  17. Erik Mach

    There are other casinos. Never been to MGM and I guess I never will. Good for you MGM, I wish you the best of luck, I predict smokers standing outside blocking doors or leaving because they don’t want to keep getting up, closing out, going out for that smoke. Coming back, losing their machine/ seat when there are other casinos they don’t have to leave.

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    1. Vegan Life

      Why would smokers even decide to play there if it’s a non smoking casino?
      Doesn’t even make sense.
      You sound like a carnivore that insults vegetarians for not eating meat.
      There’s like 8 Billion people on the planet not everyone is an uneducated hillbilly!!!

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  18. Liz G

    I am a non smoker, but I will not visit this hotel…..we have enough people telling us what to do,. going on vacation is suppose to be that going on vacation. I am applauded by their lack of concern for everyone. They should make certain areas smoking and non most casinos do and that is not jamming it down our throat.

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    1. Mike Alexakis

      Yeah Liz, going on vacation with my wife is like going on vacation with Sgt. Carter, she barks out orders, left right left, I dont dare break cadence, she carries a big stick… I can’t blame her, imagine being married for decades to a big mouth, a sharp wit, the dude, a heck of a fella…

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    2. Donald J Plump

      It’s another option for players that don’t want to be in a smoke filled casino!
      They are not telijg you what to do they are evolving and providing a service so non smokers can enjoy.
      You still have the option of losing your money at a thousand other casinos around the country!
      Try thinking by the way the US is not the freeist country in the world as many seem to think!
      No wonder other countries think all mERicans are dumb!!!

      https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/freest-countries/

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    3. Haku

      Liz read your reply and see if that even makes sense.
      You’re told what to do all the time in your daily life.
      Show up to work at such and such time, drive below the speed limit, what time time to have dinner ready for your family…………..

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  19. Johnny canuck

    I guess the math will tell the story of how many new guests they will welcome vs how many they will lose. If a net positive gain then there is the answer.

    I already enjoyed the low key vibe of Monte Carlo (and the old pool). I am a non-smoker and enjoy my local (Niagara) being non-smoking. I will definitely spend more time at Park MGM. I can handle a little smoke but, it definitely gets to me. I won’t say anything but, will get up from a table or move machines if it becomes too much for me.

    I still don’t understand how there hasn’t been any workplace litigation re second hand smoke. I always thought that this would be the driving force behind changing smoking in casinos.

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    1. John Delibos

      Amen, Johnny, but that would be too logical. Less than 30% of the population smokes…at $6.00++/pack, I can see why. I can’t imagine paying to have my clothes, hair and breath stink. Then there’s the matter of ‘coffin nails’. They got that nickname for a reason.

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    2. Jerry

      I live in Buffalo and it’s so much nicer going to Niagara or Fallsview. Seneca just a complete smokestack. I think we should follow Canada and ban smoking in all casinos. Smokers will find their area to go get a smoke and the rest of us can finally live the life we should be able to.

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      1. Cutes

        There’s no smoking in Maryland Casinos and when we visit those that allow smoking in other states, it’s almost unbearable. Recently hey’ve built outdoor patios with machines and bars for smokers, so everyone is happy. However, no smoking was never a deterrent. Maryland has been a smoke free state at least 25 years or more.

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    3. Paul Baines

      To my knowledge Unfortunately neither L&I (US) nor WCB ( Canada) have ever won a case of second hand smoke for the employee.

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  20. MCD

    The one thing no one talks about is that a majority of the country is playing in and getting used to completely smoke free casinos. All casinos in Maryland are 100% smoke free and MGM makes a killing there. Enough of this “people wont game if they cant smoke” garbage – that is simply NOT TRUE.

    The dumbest PR to come out of this Covid nonsense is hotels and CEOs telling us they are making all these mask-type changes “for the health of our guests”. But if a guy sitting next to me wants to bomb through a pack of menthols – thats no problem at all sir, smoke away. Its ludicrous.

    I will definitely be spending money there on my upcoming trip and am asking my group right now if they want to move our rooms over there. I will happily patronize them if they keep this permanent.

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    1. Marc

      Non-smoking casinos can absolutely make money. That’s been proven. The issue is that conventional wisdom says smoking area bring in more revenue per sqft.

      The heaviest gamblers are often smokers. Non-smoking Revel in AC went out of business and reopened with smoking. And the smoking rate is lower in the northeast.

      But perhaps it’s time. I don’t think it will start any sort of a tsunami of non-smoking casinos in Nevada, though. I predict at best being non-smoking will be a wash.

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      1. MCD

        Well having spent the last 20 years or so going to AC as well – there are a bunch of reasons Revel went out of business, not sure its fair to tag the non-smoking thing on there too.

        Gut feeling says that as much as I want this to workout for them, it wont.

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  21. Gandu Chudi

    Mark my words, it will fail within the first year and they will either go under, or change their policy. Look at any strip casino on the weekend Smokers everywhere. This California style casino will fail or get in line soon enough

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  22. JP

    I honestly don’t understand the backlash that I am seeing about this in some of the comments. This is not a smoking ban across the board in all MGM properties, it is ONE casino. With the multitude of other options, even within the MGM family, how is this any different than a casino that has non-smoking sections? I think this is a great idea for those people who don’t want to deal with the smoke but it still gives those who want to smoke the ability to in other casinos. This doesn’t really change my Vegas experience much since I typically stay at the Caesar’s properties but I will definitely make it down to Park now on occasion if I want to just sit and play table games for a few hours.

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  23. Patrick

    So excited about this. Wife hated going to Vegas because the whole place stank of smoke. This will increase our frequency of vacations to Vegas. I hope more casinos get on board.

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  24. Jane Vollmer

    I hope all businesses, casinos, etc go non-smoking. The virus is one thing, but I don’t care to get lung cancer or the virus from second hand smoke, Thank you very much!

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  25. Robert

    They all need to do this!!! Second hand smokes kills!!! Let the smokers go outside like every other venue except for a bar requires.

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  26. Cindy

    I’m a smoker from Vancouver Canada&all our CASINO’S🎲 are smoke free been like this for over 10 year’s,business at all Casinos here never lose any ppl instead gained younger crowds in the evening,which have gained liquor sales alot for younger crowds enjoy drinking while hanging around the entertainment that is in the casino main area’s.I think great idea if CASINO’S go smoking free in Vegas,for makes the CASINO’S more welcoming walking in with clean air not walking into big cloud’s of smoke.Good Luck Vegas I think in time gambler’s will be glad Smoke Free CASINO’S are great idea.Covid 19 just go away forever&then will be back down to also see NFL game🏈 in that brand new stadium & a Vegas Knights hockey game 🏒playing our Vancouver Canucks.

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    1. Paul

      I haven’t been to a casino in the lower mainland for over ten years due to the non smoking. I respect non smokers rights and that’s why I go to the Silver Reef in Bellingham because they have a smoking AND a non smoking area.

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  27. S N

    The true grit of the last standing smokers is incredible. When I was addicted to nicotine, the weight of my daily concerns focused on how unhealthy, offensive to others, and foolish smoking is. Never in my most thoughtless of head trips would I have gone on the defensive about my right to blow smoke in the common spaces with other people. That stance is totally unprincipled. I am well aware of how rude, inconsiderate, and disrespectful people can be, but it’s still hard to accept.

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    1. Mike Alexakis

      I shamed myself into quitting, the last times I went out and bought tobacco I kept lecturing myself about what a tool I am to Phillip Morris, a useful idiot to Big Tobacco, like Mongo, a pawn in game of life…

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  28. Chris R

    If you want to eliminate the Park MGM from you visit because of the non smoking that is your choice. There is a place to smoke around all casinos….it’s called outside. Played several hours a few years ago at NYNY. A couple of smokers next to the rest of us simply got up and went outside for about 5 minutes every so often. They knew it bothered most others so they did it out of respect and decency. Every so often I left the table at well….I called it taking a leak. Nobody is telling you to stop smoking…like several others stated, there are many other casinos you can leave you money at that still allow you to smoke. People just need to take a break, I see this as a trial balloon to see how it works. Above all…..ENJOY VEGAS!!!!!!

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    1. John Delibos

      See, I’m not the only one who sees a relationship between smoking and some of life’s less than desirable bodily functions! LOL!!

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  29. L N oble

    Been going to the Monte Carlo since it opened and then Park MGM And really loved my vacation. However I will have to change hotels now due to the introduction of non smoking. I won’t travel over 3000 miles and not be able to smoke if I wish. I usually stay for 2 weeks at a time so quite a lot of lost revenue for them.

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    1. Poor Bastard

      Oooh, big spender not coming back. I guess that will teach them. In the meantime several people, who appreciate non-smoking environments, will replace you.

      How good is your math, big spender?

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  30. Paul Cooper

    Many years ago a strip casino called Silver City tried going smokeless and went belly up in less than a year.
    Of course they were on their last legs and only tried the non-smoking thing as a last ditch effort to try to save the place.

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  31. David

    I predict an increase in non-smoking customers offset by a decrease in smoking customers. My guess is that non-smokers out number smokers these days, so I think they will see a slight increase in business.

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  32. Ham Radio

    Non-smoking will work if properly marketed. As Baby Boomers have aged into retirement years and are battling subsequent chronic health issues such as heart and lung conditions, this would be a good draw IF THEY KNOW ABOUT IT. Our perspective is that bringing in paying guests and employing LV locals is a good thing.

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  33. KB

    Just remember. If you can’t smoke, you can’t do coke.
    lol

    I’m all for non smoking! I smoked for 23 years and it’s disgusting. I also stayed at The Park in January and I am convinced my bronchial infection I got after the Affiliate Summit Trade show was COVID and I believe it was due to their HORRID air ventilation. I even said to employees there how bad I felt the air was. PS I stayed there during the Chinese New Year and there were so many Chinese there some wearing masks, Long before we all got tipped off to this. Vegas was full of Chinese tourists. It is every year.

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  34. Giggles

    In other news, Park MGM will also be installing a new kiddie pool, and will be providing free juice boxes to patrons.

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  35. Andrew

    Australia has had smoke free casinos for decades, guess what?? They didn’t close… This will be what gets me to actually STAY at Park MGM. I usually blow a good 20% of my gambling money there anyway as it. I would say that I will skip my usual Vdara or Aria 4 night comp and take those 4 nights at Park MGM. Cigarettes are unhealthy for you and the defenceless victims that are near you. Just walk outside for 5 minutes for God sake.

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  36. L. Stevens

    We have always stayed and played at Park MGM. We love it there and visit several times each year.
    If this policy goes into effect, we’ve left our last dollar behind.

    I’m sure there are casinos who will appreciate all customers, even smoking ones. We’ll search out those casinos and will find a new home away from home.

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  37. Cutes

    If MGM Park is SMOKE FREE, I won’t stay at any other casino. My husband has asthma and I’m a former smoker that no longer wants to smell like a cigarette. I can’t wait until my birthday visit in September, what a great gift!

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  38. JT

    As a former smoker of 20 years…I tried to be considerate when smoking in casinos, but the smoke really does go everywhere. Granted, I played the machines in the middle of the night at off-Strip joints and would never sit next to an apparent non-smoker.

    I think casinos should make their own choices in the matter. If non-smoking is important to customers, they will show it with their dollars. The Strip is owned by just a handful of companies now and they could certainly test this out.

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  39. Marc

    Yes! Finally! ParkMGM will be my go to casino if they do this. I already think it’s great…easy to get around, friendly dealers, updated rooms, Primrose for breakfast rocks, connected to the Aria, great location…the worst thing about it is the pool. If they go non-smoking, it will keep me there for the long run. If people want to smoke, they can go to the Aria next door which has a great ventilation system compared to most casinos.

    I agree with what someone said…have smoking boxes like the airport for smokers and make all of the casinos smoke free.

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  40. Karin Nowak-Bailey

    This makes Park MGM my first choice casino for our twice a year visits, if this is implemented.

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  41. Paulz

    Stepping back from the smoking debate, is anyone surprised that this casino is under performing? I stayed there a few times back when it was the Monte Carlo and twice since it’s the Park. It’s nice and all, but it’s nothing special. I really..REALLY hate the little food court setup near the strip entrance. I think its a great idea, but hate having to weave through people trying to get in and out of the building.

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  42. John Delibos

    I understand the point you are making. With the outdoor park in front of the arena, the arena itself and the fact that gaming revenue statistics put income from that source under 20%, it appears they are looking at that property having a different model. Now enhance that strategy with “No Smoking” and you are looking to attract a different demographic.

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  43. Stephen Hinkle

    When I go to Vegas, I would be more likely to stay at a 100% smoke-free property. I think what Park MGM did by going 100% smoke-free is a major breakthrough, and a great one for the health of its patrons and workers. It is not just COVID-19, it is about breathing air that is not toxic and cancer causing. It will make the air so much cleaner. Plus, it is about time to do it, if not long overdue.

    According to the CDC, the number of smokers in the USA is about 14 Percent, and in Nevada about 17.6 percent. This means that a high percentage of the population are now non-smokers, and it makes sense to cater to that audience. In fact, according to University of Nevada Reno, their study showed that a higher percentage of gamblers are actually non-smokers. The belief that most gamblers are smokers may have been true in the past, but is no longer the case. Plus, in many states smoke free restaurants, bars, and workplaces are becoming very much the norm, not the exception, and this trend is catching on around the world. It is time for Las Vegas to catch up to this new demographic and go smoke-free. When you add in the Coronavirus issues and the need to wear masks during the pandemic, the issue is even more acute.

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  44. Anita Autrey

    I will be staying at Park MGM for the first time in September and I am ecstatic that it will be 100% smoke free. I live in Maryland now that has been smoke free at least since I started to visit from Missouri in 2000 or so and was a smoker. As a nonsmoker for the second time 1987 – 2001 and since July 2007, it will be wonderful to have a smoke free Casino. ALL of the casinos in MD opened smoke free and a couple have added smoking patios in the last year.

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