MADISON, WISCONSIN – Ho-Chunk Gaming – Madison announced they will become the first casino in the state to offer a 100% smoke-free gaming facility effective August 1, 2015. This decision is based on data collected from a smoking survey conducted with guests which began last November. Based on the results, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison will continue to be an industry leader by becoming the first casino in the state to offer a 100% smoke-free gaming facility. “We’re excited to offer our guests and employees a completely smoke-free environment,” said Daniel Brown, Executive Manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison.
The Wisconsin Statewide Smoke-Free Air Law went into effect in July, 2010 and requires restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to be smoke-free. However, as the Ho-Chunk Nation is a sovereign nation which is self-governing on its tribal lands, the Ho-Chunk Nation exercised their inherent sovereignty and made the transition to a smoke-free environment completely of their own volition. “We believe that we are among the first business which is choosing to do this on our own, rather than being publicly mandated to do so,” stated Brown. This bold move leads the way for all casinos in Wisconsin to consider going completely smoke-free as it follows this mainstream trend.
Ho-Chunk will offer a separate smoking area for smokers apart from the current facility so that the smoke will not permeate into the building, in addition to allowing the use of electronic cigarettes. “We still believe in providing areas to accommodate all of our guests, but, want to assure the existing building will be 100% smoke-free,” expressed Brown.
Ho-Chunk Gaming – Madison is owned and operated by Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprises, with headquarters in Black River Falls, Wis. Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprises also owns and operates Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wittenberg, Ho-Chunk Gaming – Black River Falls, Ho-Chunk Gaming – Nekoosa, Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells and Ho-Chunk Gaming – Tomah. For more information, call Ho-Chunk Gaming – WI Dells at 888/248-1777 x3592 or go online www.ho-chunkgaming.c