2005 Delaware Gaming Study

Smoke-free law did not affect revenue from gaming in Delaware
L L Mandel, B C Alamar, and S A Glantz
Tobacco Control 2005;14 10-12

This study found that smokefree laws have no effect on total gambling revenues or the average revenue per machine. Despite claims made by smokefree opponents of economic dooms day, smokefree laws do not harm casinos or other gambling venues, just as they do not harm restaurants, bars, or bingo parlours. Rather, smokefree laws save the lives of casino employees and patrons from the death and disease caused from exposure to secondhand smoke, and they save gambling establishments the additional business costs incurred from being smoke-filled.

Michael Pakko, an economist active in the Libertarian Party, has circulated a report claiming that there were errors in this paper, which, in his opinion, invalidated the findings. Glantz et al. concluded that Pakko was correct in stating that there were some errors in the data they used. However, after correcting the data and re-running the analysis, the conclusion is the same: There was no change in gaming revenue associated with the Delaware smokefree law. Glantz et al. submitted an erratum to "Tobacco Control" that presents the detailed results of the analysis of the corrected data. The erratum is available online at http://tc.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/14/1/10.

In January 2006, Pakko submitted another letter to Tobacco Control on this issue. That letter and Alamar's response to it can be found here.