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JAPAN

Indoor smoking ban takes effect

01 Jul 2019. A new law that bans indoor smoking in government buildings, hospital premises and schools will take effect in Japan from 1 July 2019, The Japan Times reported.

Under Japanís revised Health Promotion Law, smokers caught violating the law can expect fines of up to JPY 300,000 (EUR 2,455) and facility managers fines up to JPY 500,000, the report said.

More establishments like bars and restaurants will face similar rule changes in 2020. In April 2020, the ban will also be expanded to include eateries, bars, offices, railway buildings and hotel lobbies in Japan, according to the report. Most of schools and hospitals in the country have already voluntarily banned smoking.

The law does allow smokers to smoke outdoors if an isolated smoking area is provided, The Japan Times reported.