Cigar-smoking at MGM casino snuffed

That smoking room at the MGM casino might not become reality after all.

It appears there won't be any indoor cigar-smoking in the new MGM casino at National Harbor after all.

The House Economic Matters Committee on Friday stripped language from a Prince George's County liquor license bill that would have permitted a cigar lounge inside the casino-resort complex, expected to open late this year.

The panel also took out provisions allowing off-premises liquor sales and free booze for patrons before approving the bill, regarded as necessary to the casino's opening.

The Baltimore Sun reported two weeks ago that health advocates were upset that the legislation would have allowed cigar-smoking at MGM as an exception to the state's Clean Indoor Air Act. Associations representing restaurants and liquor dealers also opposed the provisions.

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