The Macau Health Bureau has approved 378 requests from casinos for smoking lounges as of January 8, according to Macau News Agency.
This leaves 127 requests out of a total of 505, or 25%, that the bureau has not given a go-signal to.
In explaining the pending requests, the Health Bureau said that the applicants had not provided all the required documents in time. In addition, some were unable to make improvements in the rooms to be used, according to the opinions of the Fire Department.
“There were also applicants who, on their own initiative, canceled requests for the creation of smoking rooms,” the agency added.