JR-East bans smoking at Tokyo-area stations.
Most metropolitan East Japan Railway Co. train stations will go to smoke
free, and platform ashtrays
are being removed from 201JR East stations on 17 lines, including the Yamanote,
Chuo, Sobu and
Keihin Tohoku lines. The smoke-free zone covers a radius of 40 to 50 kilometers.
running through Tokyo had already prohibited smoking by the Law established
in 2003, which
requesting public facilities to take measures to prevent exposure to secondhand
We received many complaints from nonsmokers who were very concerned about
released by smokers," a JR East spokesman said of the carrier's December
decision to initiate the ban.
Dr. Manabu Sakuta, chairman of the Japan Society for Tobacco Control said
dividing smoking and
nonsmoking areas is not enough to prevent exposure to passive smoking;
If one person smokes, the
secondhand smoke can reach a radius of 7 meters," he said. "This
means separate smoking areas are
not effective in preventing smoking from other people's tobacco-smoke.
At Shinagawa Station in Tokyo, smokers who gathered around an ashtray at
the end of the Keihin-Tohoku
Line platforms were resigned to the loss of their tobacco stand. I come
to Tokyo often on the Joetsu
Shinkansen, which is completely nonsmoking since 2007. I can manage,"
he said. It used to be hard
when the bans started since 2003, but now it's clearer where we can smoke.
So even if this is gone,
I'm sure we smokers will find somewhere to go.
Source: Japan Times, April 1, 2009, written by Setuko Kamiya
(L) No-smoking sign plate at Nasushiobara station of JR-East
(R) Kanagawa ordinance adapted the system to divide a public space into
a smoking and a non-smoking.
(L) An information board is notifying the total smoking ban in JR platforms.
(R) The triangle space, where the designated smoking place was present.
(L) This woman is very pleased she will not breathe in the tobacco smoke
with a bad smell.
(R) This smoker thinks the ban is a good thing, since he will quit smoking
after the restriction.
Source$B!'(B NHK TV broadcast on April 1, 2009.
Kanagawa Anti-smoking Ordinance
Kanagawa* plan was expected to spark opposition from owners of restaurants and bars.
Gov.Matsuzawa made a complete about-face, and decided the fields of the
total smoking ban are limited to
schools, hospitals, department stores, government buildings and some other
public places. He indicated that
the prefecture might allow and promote creating the facilities to introduce
the smoking rooms completely
separated from the non-smoking section. The grand mistake of the policy of Kanagawa Pref. is to abandon
a total carpet smoking ban and to create a separate smoking room for smokers. A further serious mistake
Gov.Matsuzawa did was to authorize laborers to work in an enclosed space
with full of toxic smoke.
This is definitely against the purpose of the indoor clean-air act: anti-smoking
law. He completely neglects
the health of employees who work in a smoking space.$B!!(BGov. Matsuzawa only
considers a health of the users
of restaurants, bar, pachinko parlors and other public places.
This comment was written by Junhaku Miyamoto, MD., PhD, in April 2009.
* Kanagawa is a medium-sized prefecture located at the southeastern corner
of the Kanto Plain, wedged
between Tokyo on the north, the foothills of Mount Fuji on the northwest,
and the Sagami Bay and Tokyo Bay
on the south and east. The eastern side of the prefecture is relatively
flat and heavily urbanized, including
the large port cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki.
Kanagawa Pref. New Anti-smoke Law would have an irrevocable injurious
$B!!!!!!(Bnegative effect on the future indoor clean-air act in Japan.
Kanagawa Pref. New Anti-smoke Law abandoned to protect the employees'
$B!!!!!!(Bin the places where they work.
Do not repeat to commit a mistake of the anti-smoking ordinance
$B!!!!!!(Bintroduced by the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Smoking booth of Odakyu Electric Company was closed in March 2007.
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The use of 'smokeless tobacco' allowed in JAL. However, it was refused
by all other
No-smoke snuff tobacco could cause oral cancer.
The background of heavy defeat in the 2010 election occurred in Democratic
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This article was written, and photographs were taken by Junhaku Miyamoto,
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