Macau held a protest march against smoking in the casinos

10 September 2018

Representatives of the Macao Health Bureau reported that they strictly abide by the law on smoking control that came into force last year. In addition, the organization hopes that this law will be improved.

Such a statement was made during the protest march that took place on last Monday. The action was organized by a local group of activists who demanded more severe sanctions against alleged violators of the rules of control over smoking in a casino.

According to the New Macau Gaming Staff Rights Association, about 300 people took part in the march. The action ended when a petition was submitted to the headquarters of Macau, addressed to the main executive body.

On the eve of the protest, the director of the working group, Cloy Chao, said that the company received complaints from employees that some casinos in the city do not fully comply with the rules of smoking control in their institutions.

The company called to make a blacklist of casino customers who repeatedly violated the existing smoking ban and also imposed a fine of 15,000 rupees ($1,856) for administration of establishments which do not prevent smoking in gambling clubs.

"The current fine of only 1,500 rupees is really too small for smoker players," - Chao explains, referring to the current sanctions.

Currently, only Studio City and Ponte 16 casinos have been approved for creating smoking zones.

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