Sojeong Lee, Toni Repetti, Ashok Singh (all Hospitality) and Bo Bernhard (Economic Development and International Gaming Institute) have published an article, "The Impacts of a Smoking Ban on Gaming Volume in a South Korea Casino," in The Journal of Gaming Business and Economics. The number of countries and cities implementing smoking bans has increased significantly over the last couple decades with smoking bans becoming more inclusive with less exemptions being given. Casinos though still have an exemption in most areas since there is uncertainty of the effect to gaming volume but there is a new call to action due to COVID-19. This study evaluates the long-term effects of a smoking ban in Kangwon Land Casino in South Korea. A time series ARIMA model for April 2003 to May 2013 was conducted to determine if the new smoking ban in public gaming areas significantly affected table games drop or slot coin-in, which are the two most common indicators of gaming volume for casinos. Results show that the smoking ban did not significantly impact table games drop or slot coin-in. The results of this study indicate that in the long-term a smoking ban in public areas does not significantly decrease gaming volume. These results add to the minimal studies on the long-term effects of a smoking ban while also being the first study to evaluate an Asian casino.
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