The recently passed Evansville smoking ban excludes Casino Aztar. The smoking ban has been a hot button issue all over the country, not just here in Evansville. The big debate has been centered around bars and restaurants and many businesses have designated non-smoking areas, but because of the potential health risks of second-hand smoke, many feel it should be banned completely. Smokers in Evansville represent roughly six-percent of the population in the city with roughly 94-percent being non-smokers. Casino Aztar argued that their business would be severely and adversely affected by a smoking ban and their arguement proved successful, but the debate rages on.