The clouds of cigarette, cigar and vape smoke that fill the hotels and casinos of Las Vegas discourage many visitors — including disabled people — from staying on the Vegas strip, or from visiting the city at all. With the number of smokers on the decline and the negative effects of secondhand smoke well documented, many have called for a crackdown to restrict smoking to certain areas, or to ban it altogether.
As reported by Vital Vegas, MGM Resorts International, owner of iconic Las Vegas properties like Bellagio, New York-New York and others, will be the first to ban smoking at a casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip. That property, reported as being the recently renovated Park MGM, will be entirely smoke-free, including on the casino floor and at the swimming pool.
Casinos and resorts in Las Vegas were shut-down in March due to the coronavirus, but begin a phased reopening on June 4. Bellagio, MGM Grand and New York-New York resorts will be the first to re-open, while 9 other MGM properties will remain closed until later this year.
Although no announcement has been made about the re-opening of the reportedly smoke-free Park MGM, Vital Vegas stated that the rumored date is July 1.
Park MGM, formerly known as the Monte Carlo and which I previously reviewed here, consists of some 2,700 rooms and a casino floor measuring 102,000 square feet. It is perfectly located on the Strip and connected to the T-Mobile Arena, home of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Also located onsite is the Park Theater, which has had residencies by Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Cher, among others.
For those looking to experience the best of Las Vegas while avoiding secondhand smoke, Park MGM will be the place to go – perhaps as early as July 1, 2020.
What do you think? Would you be more likely to visit or stay at a Las Vegas resort that is smoke-free? Let me know in the comments below!