Ellen Pasley

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The new Tourism Law prohibits smoking inside all hotels in Macao. All guests staying in hotels and commercialised resorts must wear nicotine-dispensing smocks, be subject to heat checks, and sign a Macao Health Code. All resorts and hotels have strict prohibitions against smoking, as it is considered a dangerous "recreational addiction". The move was made to curb the island's growing smoking rate and has led to several airlines halting air travel to Macau. Other international carriers, however, have not given up on their flights to the small region.

The new law on smoking in Macao was released on Hong Kong day as the region is due to host the world's annual World AIDS conference from Hong Kong this month. Many delegates are expected to be affected by the new tobacco control policy implemented in Macao. The Ministry of Health of Macao states that nearly 30% of Hong Kong residents are ex-smokers. The new Macao health code is expected to reduce the spread of the deadly Hong Kong pandemic among Macauans.

The International Federation of Associations of Hospitals and Environmental Health Experts, (IFAE), and the Ministry of Health in Macao held a meeting to discuss the issue of smoking in Macao in order to discuss ways to stop the spread of the deadly virus. During the meeting, the Ministry of Health presented the new MACao health code which states that smoking is strictly prohibited inside all commercial establishments. Additionally, smoking is strictly prohibited in the beaches and in any place that has access to the beach. All forms of advertising and sales, including smoking, are strictly prohibited. The code also states that all resorts, hotels, clubs, and other similar institutions that stay in close proximity to the sea are expected to strictly observe the new policy.