A few weeks back, we had a cover story about how Oregon's looming smoking ban is likely to pinch state Lottery profits, which pay for everything from schools to salmon habitats.
Today comes the news that the Atlantic City Council lifted an indoor smoking ban in the city's casinos after less than two weeks, because overall gambling revenue took a 20 percent dive.
Even with a $524 million-and-growing budget deficit predicted next year in Oregon, state lawmakers aren't likely to repeal the smoking ban, which takes effect in January. But, hey—who knows? In a few months, cash-strapped Oregon legislators might be thanking Atlantic City officials for showing them how to slowly back away from the smoking ban while blaming the economy.
We'll thank them now, for giving us an excuse to post this rad live cut from (Jersey's Favorite Son) The Boss in Atlantic City.