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Macau legislator asks gov’t to provide data on smoking ban

Macau legislator Si Ka Lon has made a written request to the government asking for the rationale behind a full smoking ban and its potential effect on the gaming industry.

According to local newspaper Jornal Tribuna de Macau, Si said the potential of a full smoking ban has made casino operators and even residents jittery over the damage it could do to revenues, which have been declining for 12 months now.

Si, who sits in Macau’s Legislative Assembly, said Macau’s non-gaming activities - which the government has been trying to push in a bid to diversify the economy - are still in the early stages and not able to pick up the slack if the gaming industry further declines.

In his letter, Si asked the government to provide data that proves the ban is necessary and what impact it will have on revenues.

Junket operators have been actively voicing their concerns on the ban, while government officials appear unlikely to waver in its implementation.

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