Casinos appeal smoke ban failures

Macau Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Cheong U, this week explained why there had been a delay in the government’s announcement of the 16 establishments that failed a second round of air quality tests conducted in March.  

Although the government had promised to publish the results by the end of June, Cheong U said that some of the casinos that had failed the tests had appealed and time was needed to process those appeals.  Rules introduced at the beginning of the year stipulate that at least 50 percent of the total gaming floor in casinos must be smoke-free. The secretary said that he was disappointed with the result of the tests yet remained positive about the overall effectiveness of the smoking ban in public indoor areas and noted that air quality in at least 51 percent of gaming floor areas had improved.