The Nevada Clean Air Act outlaws smoking indoors with the exception of tobacco stores, strip clubs, private residences, some stand-alone bars, and of course, casinos. While indoor smoking is illegal across much of the country, gamblers are still able to light up in Las Vegas casinos to the dismay of non-smokers around them.
Casinos defend the policy of allowing smoking because it feeds their business. Per this University of Connecticut study, smoking is proven to increase gambling, even causing people to “crave” the activity.
While smoking amongst gamblers is common, the majority of visitors to Las Vegas casinos are non-smokers, many of which prefer not to be exposed to smoke as they play. With that in mind, we wanted to put together a guide outlining smoke-free casinos in Las Vegas and casinos we frequently visit that are “less smokey”. We are hopeful that over time, the list of smoke-free Las Vegas casinos grows.
Smoke-Free Casinos in Vegas
Park MGM: Formerly known as Monte Carlo, Park MGM become Las Vegas’ first smoke-free casino in 2020. Smoking is prohibited in all corners of the resort to include guestrooms, dining establishments, and the casino. Currently, Park MGM is the only smoke-free casino on the Strip, and in Vegas as a whole. We are hopeful that others will follow their lead if Park’s experiment proves to be successful.
McCarran International Airport: While not a casino per se, McCarran offers a wide assortment of slot games spread across the airport in a smoke-free environment. If smokeless gambling is important to you, carve out some time at the beginning or end of your trip to peck the slots prior to, or after your flight. Let it be known that slots at the airport are thought to be tighter than those found in traditional casinos around Las Vegas. Gambling at the airport is a lame option, but smoke-free gaming is smoke-free gaming.
More Las Vegas Strip Casinos Offering a Non-Smoking Section
We get it. Offering a non-smoking section in a Las Vegas casino is akin to offering a peeing section in a swimming pool. All the water, or air, in this case, gets mixed together anyway making it relatively ineffective. If avoiding smoke is your goal, however, a non-smoking section is typically the best you can do. Las Vegas casinos now offering a non-smoking section on their casino floor include Mirage, Planet Hollywood, and MGM Grand among others.
Unfortunately, non-smokers seeking refuge in a non-smoking section are commonly unable to find the exact games they want to play. Honestly, we recommend visiting Park MGM which doesn’t allow smoking, or simply navigating around smokers within the casino instead of seeking refuge in an infective and option limiting non-smoking portion of the gaming floor. They just don’t work.
“Less Smokey” Casino Options in Las Vegas
Although smoking is allowed in the vast majority of Las Vegas casinos, you are able to find some “less smokey” options. To find them, we typically look to newer structures like Circa on Fremont Street which has a state of the art HVAC system that pushes air up from vents scattered about the casino floor towards intakes on the ceiling. Newer casinos on the Strip with better ventilation and a “less smokey” vibe include Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, Bellagio, and Caesars Palace.
Casinos that are less crowded are also usually “less smokey” as a result. Tropicana on the south end of the Strip is typically deserted and is commonly pretty clear of smoke because of it. The same applies to Downtown Grand just steps from the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas.
Hopefully, we were able to help you find an acceptable casino in Las Vegas that has either banned smoking or will provide a less smokey experience. Ultimately, unless you opt to visit Park MGM suffering through a degree of smoke while you play is a reality. Eventually, smoking will be banned indoors at Las Vegas casinos, but until that day you’ll need to remain flexible and creative.