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Tuesday, 7th August 2012
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Schools in Japan moving towards total smoking ban

Schools in Japan are continuing to clampdown on the effects of passive smoking by introducing campus-wide bans on the habit.

New data from Japan's ministry of education, culture, sports, science and technology revealed 82 per cent of schools already have a smoking ban in place, the Tokyo Times reported.

Educational establishments taken in to account in the survey of almost 50,00 public schools included primary and secondary-level establishments. 

There was also a rise in the number of schools taking some form of action against passive smoking, according to Kyodo News, with 97.7 per cent of establishments trying to combat second-hand smoke.

This is the first study of its kind since 2005, revealing a 22.4 point decline in the number of schools with specially-designated smoking areas, which are now present among just 3.9 per cent of schools.

Saudi Arabia recently introduced a ban on the habit across governmental buildings and many public haunts.

Posted by Graham McPherson

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