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Macau Casinos To Implement Smoking Ban

World's Top Gambling Hub Apparently Getting Serious About Law


The world’s top gambling hub is going to be implementing a “full smoking ban” at its casinos come this fall.

According to the Macau Daily Times, the complete ban will come into effect on Oct. 6, the Health Bureau announced this week.

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

“[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.

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 VIP rooms, where most of Macau’s revenue is said to be generated.

According to, 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 $45 billion from gamblers in 2013.

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