Smoking police fine Macau gamblers

MacauA total of 241 people has been fined in Macau in the first five months of 2016 for smoking in unauthorized areas inside the city’s casinos, according to government statistics. That is an increase of 36.2 percent from the prior-year period, when a total of 177 people had been fined, show the official data.

Statistics from Macau’s Health Bureau show that a total of 200 site inspections were conducted inside casinos between January and the end of May, up from 188 inspections in the first five months of 2015.

The majority of those fined in the first five months of 2016 – 80.5 percent – were tourists, according to a Monday press release from the Health Bureau.

The Macau government banned smoking in October 2014 on casino mass floors. An exception was made for tobacco use in enclosed smoking lounges – facilities without gaming. Having a cigarette while gambling is at present still allowed in VIP rooms.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .

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