Govt OK’s bill on passive smoking

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government adopted Friday a bill to strengthen measures against passive smoking in public places ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Laying out a basic policy to eliminate unwanted passive smoking, the bill to revise the health promotion law seeks to totally ban smoking inside such facilities as schools, hospitals and public office buildings.

The government will submit the bill to the ongoing parliamentary session, aiming for its early enactment.

The bill calls for banning smoking in principle inside restaurants and bars that are newly opened and existing facilities with eating and drinking areas of over 100 square meters.

At those restaurants and bars, heat-not-burn cigarettes, which contain comparatively small amounts of nicotine and cancer-causing substances, would be allowed in separated smoking spaces, while paper-wrapped cigarettes would be allowed only in closed spaces.Speech

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