I smoked for 17 years and always promised myself I wouldn't be a hypocrite when it came to banning it. That said, even in the late 90's it was banned in-doors in many places and it's amazing to me that 20 years later that ships still allow it in the casino's. I guess they may know better, but it seems to me that non-smokers that won't subject themselves to it far outnumber smokers so aren't you possibly LOSING casino business by allowing it more than you are gaining by permitting them to smoke in the casino? The Empress casino is smoke free and it didn't seem to be hurting the traffic at all, it was busy in there all the time.
The smoking area on the Empress was behind Bolero's and I spent a decent amount of time there, love the aft view, and the smoke was never an issue. You could smell it, but it wasn't difficult to get away from and still enjoy the space/view. I do like a good cigar on occasion, especially on vacation, but am fine doing it outdoors, in-fact I prefer it.