With more and more casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere increasingly going non-smoking, expect to see a lot more electronic cigarettes at the tables and slot machines in coming years. Regardless of which side of the smoking/non-smoking debate you fall on, the facts are that more and more casinos are designating space as non-smoking; while you can still smoke in some areas of most major casinos, the writing is likely on the wall as far as the future of most brick-and-mortar casinos being largely smoke-free.
Many may think that’s a shame when you consider the iconic history of Vegas and the idea of casinos being an adult playground where anything goes, but the gambling world as a whole has been rapidly evolving in recent years. Casino online wagering continues to grow in popularity and many Vegas casinos are caught in a bit of an identity crisis as far as whether to project a friendlier, family-oriented image or to appeal to the grittier Vegas of long ago, when everyone smoked and drank far more than was good for them. With society’s general view of smoking continuing to decline, it’s no wonder that more and more casinos are under pressure to cater more and more to a non-smoking crowd.
E-cigarettes offer an attractive alternative for smokers who don’t want to worry about where they can or cannot smoke in a casino. They’re especially appealing to poker players, as while you can still find a smoking area to play slots, blackjack, and other casino games nearly every poker room is now smoke-free. Without e-cigarettes or other aids it’s a difficult chore for smokers to play their best poker, especially in tournaments that can require ten hours or more at the tables with only a quick ten or fifteen minute break every few hours to try to sneak in a smoke.
In some cases the lack of smoking areas in casinos has led many gamblers to simply stay at home and gamble online instead, as Internet roulette, blackjack, and craps offers the same thrill of gambling but from the comfort of your home. It might not provide exactly the same thrill as playing at a Vegas casino but it more than makes up for it in convenience, especially for smokers as you can relax in absolute comfort and enjoy your favorite games without ever having to worry about whether there’s a non-smoking sign nearby.