Measures to prevent second-hand smoke

Prevention of second-hand smoke from manners to rules

Regarding the prevention of second-hand smoke, a part of the Health Promotion Law of July 2018 was amended to "when smoking, consideration must be given to the surrounding situation so as not to cause unwanted second-hand smoke." That became a legal obligation, and efforts to prevent second-hand smoke have changed from manners to rules.

Hokkaido Passive Smoking Prevention Ordinance

2020 "Hokkaido Passive Smoking Prevention Ordinance" was enacted in Hokkaido based on the movement of the country.
For details, please see the Hokkaido website.

What is second-hand smoke?

It means inhaling the smoke of cigarettes that others are smoking or the smoke that is exhaled. Both smokes contain harmful substances such as nicotine and tar, which affect the person who inhales them. Diseases at increased risk from second-hand smoke include lung cancer, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It is estimated that 15,000 people a year would not have died of these illnesses without second-hand smoke.

Observe smoking etiquette

  • Protect your smoking area. Let's smoke in an unoccupied place.
  • Consider the direction in which the smoke drifts.
  • Don't throw away cigarettes and littering.

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