On-Premise Smoking Ban to Take Effect in Japan Next July

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Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)--The health ministry has decided to impose a ban on smoking on the premises of facilities used by many children and patients as well as government agencies in July next year.

At a meeting with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday, the ministry showed a plan to basically prohibit smoking on the premises of such facilities as schools, hospitals, nurseries, pharmacies, care homes and administrative offices under the revised law against passive smoking on July 1, 2019.

Previously, the ministry said that smoking would basically be banned around next summer on the premises of such facilities.

The party's health division gave the nod to the plan.

The amended health promotion law was enacted in July this year. It bans indoor smoking at public places, such as offices and restaurants, except for smoking rooms. Violators would be punished.

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