Law no. 9/2017, which will enter into force on January 1st, 2018, updated the Law for the Prevention and Control of Tobacco Use.

One of the main concerns of Law no. 9/2017 was related with the entirely ban of tobacco in casinos. Smoking in casinos will only be allowed on specific smoking lounges as long as it complies with the minimal requirements and standards to be determined by the Secretary of the Social Affairs and Culture Bureau, to be published in the Macau Official Gazette.

Smoking lounges in casinos must be set up within one year starting from the date of entry into force of Law no. 9/2017. As for the existing smoking areas and smoking rooms, it will be able to continue until January 1, 2019.

As for smoking in airport facilities, the smoking lounges must also observed the minimal requirements to be determined by the Secretary of the Social Affairs and Culture Bureau.

Other amendment relates to the sales of tobacco products, which will face more restrictive terms as the import and sale of e-cigarettes, as well as its advertising and promotion, will be prohibited starting from January 1st, 2018.

Moreover, the penalties for non-compliance with the Law for the Prevention and Control of Tobacco Use increased, since the fines will now range between MOP1,500 and MOP200,000, depending on the infraction.