Union federation calls for probe on smoking inaction

The Macao Federation of Trade Unions has asked the Commission Against Corruption to investigate the Health Bureau over the lack of follow through on its findings in April that 28 of 44 gaming parlors had failed to meet new air-quality standards. The bureau had said the venues would be retested in May and those still failing would be penalized with the reduction or elimination of their smoking areas, but the federation said no follow-up test results have been released. Choi Kam Fu, deputy director-general of the Macau Gaming Enterprises Staff’s Association, said some staff who had reminded customers about not smoking in restricted areas had been reassigned by casino management to smoking areas, especially at casinos in Cotai and Taipa. He urged the government to proceed with a full smoking ban. Lei Chin Ion, director of the Health Bureau, told legislators earlier this month that the smoking laws would be revised in 2015 to strengthen the bureau’s ability to sanction violators and said staff were still analysing air test results.