ccording to committee chairman Chan Chak Mo, three exceptions to the smoking ban are being proposed: allowing casinos to set up smoking lounges, establishing smoking lounges or smoking areas in prisons, and maintaining rooms which allow customers to sample tobacco products at tobacco stores.
As the gaming sector contributes to the highest proportion of taxes in Macau, Chan suggested that the city should not take the risk of causing a reduction in these taxes by completely banning smoking inside casino premise
He said that many casinos, including small ones, questioned the government about the consequences of being unable to meet the requirements for smoking lounges.
“The government will not allow smoking [in the casinos],” said Chan, explaining that this will be the consequence if casinos do not meet the government requirements.
By 2019, according to Chan, if casinos cannot set up qualified smoking lounges, then customers will not be permitted to smoke inside the premises.