Full smoking ban seen difficult to justify

1. A fast-paced evolution Macau depends entirely on gaming to survive. Gamblers tend to smoke and there has been smoking in gaming areas from 1849 until now. So maybe it would not be prudent to rapidly ban all smoking whatsoever in casinos. Such a measure, in the worst scenario, could send many gamblers away and be roughly the equivalent to suddenly closing several casinos, causing a significant decrease in revenue and a strong impact on public finances. But this is exactly where Macau is heading now. How did we get here? The process was set in motion in 2011 by a new legal framework for the prevention and control of smoking, which at the time refrained from imposing a full smoke ban on casinos. The 2011 regulation stated that as a rule smoking is prohibited in casinos, but there could be smoking areas taking up to 50 percent of the total public...

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