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Japan likely to tolerate smoking at restaurants after LDP's resistance

The ministry, which initially planned to ban smoking at restaurants excluding those with a floor space of up to 30 square meters, is now leaning toward allowing smoking at restaurants with a floor space of up to 150 square meters.
Japan Today
added Nov 17, 2017 19:11
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[Asia-pacific, Japan] Health ministry proposes laxer indoor smoking rules, but with a catch

Under the ministry's proposal, in principle lighting up would be banned in eating and drinking establishments except in dedicated smoking rooms. However, smoking would be permitted in places with total floor areas of 150 square meters and under, and 100
Mainichi Daily News (jp)
added Nov 17, 2017 19:13
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Japan health ministry to water down proposal on restaurant smoking: media

health ministry is likely to drastically water down a proposal restricting smoking in restaurants, media said on Friday, a move that risks Tokyo becoming one of the unhealthiest hosts of the Olympic Games hosts in years.
Reuters
added Nov 17, 2017 15:18
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[Asia-pacific, Japan] After resistance from ruling LDP, health ministry waters down planned smoking rules at eateries and bars

The health ministry has drastically relaxed its planned regulations on indoor smoking at restaurants, after a plan to tolerate smoking only at small eateries and bars met with opposition from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, government sources said Th
Japan Times (jp)
added Nov 16, 2017 15:54
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[West Virginia] Smoking To Continue At Casino, Video Lottery Rooms in Ohio County

Smoking can continue in specified areas at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and in limited video lottery rooms, now that the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health has declined to change the county’s clear air regulation. A vote wasn’t taken during
Wheeling (WV) Intelligencer
added Nov 16, 2017 00:53
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[Asia, Israel] LETTER: SO WE’RE LIVING LONGER...

Health Ministry is deceiving the public. Most people smoke, including doctors and dentists; even inside Ichilov Hospital, the smoking room for the staff leaks toxic smoke to the entire floor....Litzman and his ministry are perpetrating a crime by colludin
Jerusalem Post
added Nov 15, 2017 22:49
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[Australia] Call for three new smoke-free zones in Queensland: markets, universities, squares

THREE health charities are calling for Queensland’s already-tough smoking laws to be beefed up, as a new survey reveals widespread public support for bans at universities, markets and town squares. The survey of 2600 Queensland adults, released today, w
Brisbane (QLD) Courier-Mail (au)
added Nov 15, 2017 02:06
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Durbin Introduces Legislation To Make The VA Smoke-Free

announced legislation to prohibit smoking at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation would repeal an antiquated 1992 law that requires the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to furnish and maintain designated indoor or outdoor smoking a
US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
added Nov 15, 2017 02:53
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[Canada] Let’s have licensed pot lounges, Victoria councillors urge B.C.

Councillors also recommend that provincial regulations ensure that clean-air bylaws protecting others, including employees, from second-hand smoke also apply to cannabis smoke. Coun. Geoff Young said it’s important to avoid the “ridiculous situation” tha
Victoria (BC) Times Colonist (ca)
added Nov 12, 2017 20:43
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[South Africa] Department of Health reveal plans to ban smoking in all public places

Designated smoking areas would be consigned to the history books, should this bill become ratified in Parliament. It’s all part of the government’s wider war on cigarettes, which also features plans to ban the display of smokes at retailers, and to remov
TheSouthAfrican.com (za)
added Nov 14, 2017 04:20
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