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Tokyo mulls smoking ban in run-up to Olympics

This smoking area in Tokyo complete with ventilators is a step towards preventing passive smoking.
This smoking area in Tokyo complete with ventilators is a step towards preventing passive smoking. Image by Robert Douglass / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tokyo’s metropolitan government has set up a committee to assess the feasibility of implementing a smoking ban in all public areas and restaurants in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics. At present, there is no penalty for breaking current Tokyo guidelines on preventing passive smoking. Read more: japantoday.com