Only 25 Pct of Universities in Japan Ban Smoking on Campus

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, April 6 (Jiji Press)--Only about 25 pct of universities in Japan have in place blanket bans on smoking on all campuses, months before tighter regulations come into force, according to a survey.

The finding suggests delays in preparations by universities before smoking will be prohibited in principle on school grounds, effective from July, under the revised health promotion act.

The survey, conducted by Shigeharu Ieda, professor of Chukyo University, covered 782 national, municipal and private universities across Japan. Ieda asked the schools about their efforts to ban smoking and checked their websites for related information.

The results of the survey, launched in 2002, are published about every six months.

According to the latest survey, 197 universities, or 25.2 pct of the total, had implemented blanket smoking bans on all campuses as of March 8, almost double the level of 10 years ago.

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