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At least one year for smoking bill second vote

Macau’s casino industry will have to wait at least a year before the much-anticipated vote on a full smoking ban is reached, said legislator Chan Chak Mo.

After the details of the full smoking ban were approved at the AL plenary earlier this month, Chan was quoted by the Macau Daily Times as saying that it will take at least one year for the bill to reach the AL for a second vote, as the committee’s agenda is full.

He added that authorities have decided to carry out a two-month consultation period to collect opinions from the public on aspects of the bill such as the contested issue of whether to retain smoking lounges.

Committee members will also take the time to consult with various other groups and stakeholders.

Chan said that the AL’s advisory body would not have the final say in the end result of the bill, it will be up to the government. 

The government has also said operators must prove that smoking lounges are effective in protecting the health of the public and casino workers.

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