Casinos have designated smoking areas: NEA

Casinos have designated smoking areas: NEA

SINGAPORE - We thank Madam Amy Choong for her feedback ("Ban smoking in casinos"; last Wednesday).

The general premises of Singapore's integrated resorts are not exempted from our smoking prohibition laws.

The restaurants, shops, convention halls and entertainment outlets of the integrated resorts have to comply with our no-smoking regulations.

Within the casinos, there are designated smoking and non-smoking areas, and the operators have also implemented house rules to safeguard the interest of their non-smoking patrons, as is the common practice of casinos in many countries.

The operators of the casinos in our integrated resorts have also been monitoring the potential impact of second-hand smoke from the smoking areas on their patrons at the non-smoking areas.

Where necessary, they have implemented additional measures, such as enhancing air ventilation and improving the exhaust air flow rate, to reduce the migration of cigarette smoke to the non-smoking areas.

The National Environment Agency will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the casinos' house rules and ensure that the integrated resort operators implement and enforce those rules.

Tai Ji Choong
Director, Environmental Health Department
National Environment Agency

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