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Smokers find less places to puff

Date Posted: 1998-06-06

Sunday was the "World Non-Smoking Day" dedicated to anti-smoking campaigns world-wide. In joining the campaign, many companies and public offices in Okinawa, chose the day for announcing their new plans and regulations to further restrict smoking on their premises. Many companies allow smoking only in dedicated smoking areas, as do airlines, Okinawa Prefecture and hospitals.

An official at the Okinawa Prefecture Department of Welfare stated that "In principle, smoking in the prefecture offices is not allowed. Smokers have to go either out or to designated well-ventilated smoking areas to enjoy their habit."

All domestic air carriers have announced their plans to prohibit smoking on all domestic routes. All Nippon Airways which already prohibits smoking in their planes leads the pack and others will follow suit by Oct. 1.

Among hospitals, Naha Red Cross Hospital was the first to ban smoking in their waiting rooms six years ago and since then all hospitals have banned smoking on their premises.

Even some hotels and fast food restaurant are joining on the band wagon and have established smoking zones in their facilities.

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