Diamond Lounge at Sky City Comes Under Fire

Healthcare groups and The Problem Gambling Foundation have made their case against the Diamond Lounge in Sky City Auckland. The high roller gambling venue contains an ‘open air’ smoking area, which anti-smoking groups believe violates health codes.

The Diamond Lounge is a high-stakes, high-roller gaming area at Sky City Auckland. Patrons can only gain access to it by earning hundreds of loyalty points and proving that their gambling behaviour is not detrimental. It contains several table games and pokies, in addition to a smoking lounge that is considered by many to still be indoors.

According to the Smoke Free Environment Act, smoking areas must be completely outside. Due to the layout of the Diamond Lounge, several healthcare groups believe that the area is in violation of the act.

The Salvation Army, Cancer Society and anti-smoking organization ASH have joined forces to file a complaint about the room. Even The Problem Gambling Foundation has gotten on board with the cause.

Despite all of the opposition, however, the Diamond Lounge will remain in its current state. According to Sky City, Auckland Regional Public Health has deemed that the smoking area is not in violation of any laws.

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