Barring the smoking ban

Pedro Cortés
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As a smoker, and with all due respect to those who do not indulge, I disagree with the smoking ban in casinos or other commercial establishments prepared to extract the smoke.
If the truth be told, I vehemently disagree with all bans, all imposing measures from the States, based on studies by the United Nations, or recommendations from people hiding in the closets and do not face the reality, as it is.
According to what I pretend to know – yes, I read what Mr. Wynn said this week – even before the smoking rooms were put in place the quality of the air in the casino smoking areas was by far superior than that suspended above a downtown road. It’s not unusual that this should be the case, as the casino industry is highly professional and has all the standards required – and not yet required – for the wellbeing of its patrons.
In line with this, there were operators that developed and requested patents for a new table game with an air curtain that would protect the dealers, who seem to be those that run the policies. Well, they aren’t being very noisy lately; can you guess why?
Other gaming operators have asked the dealers whether they wanted to work in the non-smoking areas or in the smoking areas. The universal response was that they did not want that, for economic reasons: those that work in the VIP rooms normally get a better salary than an ordinary dealer on the mass market casino floors.
Singapore, known as a fully regulated oasis, the model for everything, where some of the officials surely have attended internships in the past, allows for smoking in the casino areas and has more of those areas than non-smoking ones. The State of Nevada, United States of America, allegedly at the center of the so-called ‘civilized’ world in terms of public health policies, allows smoking in its casinos.
So why is Macau’s objective to fully ban the weed when its biggest competitors still permit the vice introduced by the Spanish to Europe all those centuries ago?
Well, it seems that major national policies are in place now and Macau is adhering to them.
Notwithstanding this approach, it seems impractical during the current period of decreasing casino revenues that a universal smoking ban be put in place. I would recommend a group of scientific studies be conducted, as there are other more important areas that have it, even without solutions in the short-term.
On the other hand, I would commend that once and for all the operators be on the same page, as it is their shareholders who, in the final analysis, will suffer from this. Well, they and the Macau people, who will not receive a cheque to spend on more healthy activities, such as going shopping in San Ma Lo.