A suggestion to smokers

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceA suggestion to smokersby Jorge GodinhoThe partial smoke ban for casinos was approved by Macau’s legislature on the basis that the city depends entirely on gaming and therefore it would not be wise to pass a measure that in the worst case scenario could be more or less equivalent, in financial terms, to the sudden closure of several casinos. It would not be realistic or prudent to abruptly ban smoking in casinos: the decrease in the gross gaming revenue could be very significant, with an excessively strong impact on public finances. So a solution whereby up to 50 percent of a casino can have smoking was adopted and technical standards were approved for the smoking areas. The partial smoke ban in casinos came into force in January, with new rules on separation, signs, ventilation and air quality standards. There was a generalized fear that this partial ban...

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