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New regulations on curbing smoking

  • December 14, 2016
  • , NHK
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NHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” on Wednesday reported on a set of regulations for curbing smoking in Japan, looking at a basic plan drafted by the Health Ministry for a bill to regulate smoking. The plan bans smoking in all restaurants and entertainment facilities and imposes penalties for noncompliance. While many nonsmokers welcome the plan, smokers and restaurants are strongly opposed. Since it is customary for Olympic host nations to regulate smoking, Japan needs to tighten regulations on smoking by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The program also reported on risks associated with secondhand smoke and new types of cigarettes on the market. The program said the GOJ is planning to submit a new bill on the matter next year.

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