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June 18, 2021

Unions have slammed partial ban on smoking inside casinos

Macau’s Government asks for understanding on casino smoking ban

(Macau).- CEO Fernando Chui Sai On said that the Macau government is strictly enforcing the partial smoking ban in casinos. However, he admitted some fine-tuning is still taking place and requested understanding from the public.

The government hopes that in the smoking control process [in casinos], the division between smoking and non-smoking areas will come out clear and that the air quality is supervised,” Mr Chui said, quoted by publication Business Daily. “We hope that the public can give us and the sector more time to work through the smoking ban, so that we can better protect the health of residents and tourists.”

Casino worker unions have slammed the partial ban on smoking inside casinos, accusing gaming operators of concentrating a higher number of gaming tables in smoking areas. The partial ban on smoking inside casinos, enacted on January 1, allows gaming operators to set up smoking areas covering up to 50 percent of the gaming floor.

The rules do not set any minimum ratio for the number of slot machines and gaming tables in smoking and non-smoking areas.

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