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June 19, 2021

The law goes into effect on October 6

Macau casinos to fully ban smoking

(Macau).- Macau will soon be implementing a “full smoking ban” at its casinos and is set to take effect on October 6. “By applying this measure we are clearly separating the areas for smokers and non-smokers, reducing the conflicts resulting from the law’s implementation," the Health Bureau said in a statement.

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he report said that specific rooms for smokers will be created on casino premises, but they won’t have any gambling tables whatsoever.

An anti-tobacco law actually was partially implemented back in 2012, but apparently there were thousands upon thousands of violations, as some casinos moved around tables and made other accommodations to cater to high rollers who smoke.

The full implementation will apparently get rid of the problem for good, the government believes. However, a conflicting report said that smoking will still be allowed in VIProoms, where most of Macau’s revenue is said to be generated.

According to QZ.com, mainland China is home to about a third of the world’s smokers. Twenty five percent of China’s population smokes.

Macau’s casinos took in US$45 billion from gamblers in 2013.

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