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Public smoking regulations may be on horizon for Tokyo

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Japan has long been dubbed a “smoker’s paradise” due to its lax smoking laws and deep-rooted smoking culture. Its longstanding unwillingness to pass stricter smoking regulations puts Japan far behind other developed nations, nearly all of which have implemented wide-ranging public smoking bans.

However, public smoking regulations may be on the horizon. On Sept 8, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that it’s planning to propose a ban on indoor smoking in certain buildings, such as restaurants, hotels, airports and more. This movement appears to be the result of many factors, both local and international. Leading up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly advocated for a public smoking ban, a standard practice dating from the 2004 Athens Olympics. Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike has long pushed for the ban. Western tourists, who are attending the Olympics or are visiting for other purposes, now want and expect public places to be smoke-free. Additionally, a study of tourist reactions to the smoking ban at the international airport in Bangkok found that 99% of respondents, including both smokers and non-smokers, supported the smoke-free policy.

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