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Call to extend Macau casino smoking ban

The Macau Gaming Enterprises' Staff Association is urging the government to enforce a smoking ban inside all private gaming rooms in casinos. This comes after the group received claims from staff of three casinos that their employers are planning to set up private rooms on mass-market floors. Starting from October 6th onwards, Macau's casinos won't smell the same.

The government will implement a full smoking ban on the mass-market gaming floors of all casinos in the SAR. However, the ban does not include private gaming rooms. The Macau Gaming Enterprises' Staff Association says there are claims from employees of three casinos, that their employers plan to set up private rooms on mass-market floors.

"Everybody should know that the smoking ban will be implemented on mass-market gaming floors and there will be a legal loophole because private gaming rooms will become smoking rooms. Gaming workers will still have to work there and they (gaming operators) are exploiting their rights because after October the 6th, these rooms will become smoking rooms," said Choi Kam Fu, the Director-General of the Macau Gaming Enterprises' Staff Association. Choi Kam Fu urges the government to prohibit gaming enterprises from setting up private gaming rooms on mass-market floors. If not, he hopes the government would consider also enforcing the smoking ban in private gaming rooms.

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