Tokyo bans smoking indoors today

TOKYO: Patrons of Tokyo restaurants and will be able to light up indoors one last Tuesday as one of the world The most cigarette-friendly cities begin to enforce anti-smoking laws beginning April 1.

lags behind many countries in its efforts to reduce tobacco usage, and the ban — just in Tokyo — only applies to traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes too are banned. The ban was part of Tokyo ’s preparations for the 2020 Olympics, and covers establishments with hired employees, meaning many of the family owned-and-operated bars and restaurants that the city is famous for are exempt.

The ban took two years to take effect, highlighting the obstacles anti-smoking activists face in a country where the world's largest tobacco producer, Japan tobacco , is a third owned by government and provides substantial tax revenue.

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