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Please Help Prevent Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
The Revised Health Promotion Act and the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance to Prevent Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke went into effect in April 2020. They prohibit smoking indoors at hospitals and schools, as well as facilities used by more than one person (such as food and beverage outlets, offices, and leisure facilities). Posting “smoking” and “no smoking” signs is also now required by law. Although the law and metropolitan ordinance do not designate any fines for smoking outdoors, please be considerate and help prevent exposure to secondhand smoke.
To Business Owners
To establish a smoking room indoors, you must ensure that it complies with the standards of the law. Please display a sign at the entrance/exit of the facility and the smoking room.
If you establish a smoking space outdoors, please be considerate and help prevent exposure to secondhand smoke.
To Food and Beverage Outlets
Like the abovementioned (business owners), please post a sign, since no-smoking signs are required by law according to the metropolitan ordinance. If you have a smoking room (facility) mentioned in ③ below, you must also post a sign and file a notification with the Sanitation Division’s Management Section at the Shinjuku City Office (requirements apply).
To All Shinjuku City Residents
When smoking in your home or on your veranda, please be considerate of your neighbors and those around you by preventing the spread of secondhand smoke.
About Locations Where Smoking Is Permitted
Note: Individuals under twenty years of age are not permitted to enter smoking spaces.
■ Type 1 facilities (such as medical institutions, universities, administrative institutions)
Smoking is not permitted indoors.
You can smoke only in designated outdoor smoking areas.
■ Food and beverage outlets
Smoking is permitted in the following smoking areas:
|① Designated Smoking Rooms
Rooms reserved for those smoking cigarettes. (Food and beverages not permitted.)
|② Designated Heated Tobacco Smoking Rooms
Rooms where food and beverages are permitted for those using heated tobacco products only.
|③ Smoking Rooms (Facilities)
Rooms and facilities where those can smoke while eating and drinking. (Can be established only in small-scale facilities with no employees.)
|④ Smoking Rooms (Facilities)
These are rooms/facilities where the main activity is smoking.
In there, cigarettes/cigars should be sold face-to-face and providing food is not focused, such as a cigar bar, even if eating and drinking permitted.
(These signs are unofficial illustrations.)
■ Facilities other than type 1 facilities and food and beverage outlets (including places like companies, offices, leisure facilities and hotels)
Smoking is permitted in the following locations:
① Rooms for smoking (rooms designated just for smoking)
② Designated rooms that allow smoking (including rooms where you can smoke heated tobacco products while eating and drinking)
You can also smoke in guestrooms in hotels and inns where smoking is stated as permitted.
Note: Please be aware that city ordinances prohibit smoking on the streets in Shinjuku City.
Handbooks explaining the revised act and the ordinance as well as signs (stickers) are available at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office and Management Section of the Sanitation Division of Shinjuku City Office (Shinjuku City Office, Annex 2 3F).
Note: For more information on this, please visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s website, ‘the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance to Prevent Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke’ (URL: https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/kensui/tokyo/kangaekata_public.html).
Smoking Permitted Room Notification Filing Location/Inquiries
Management Section, Sanitation Division (Shinjuku City Office, Annex 2, 3F), Tel: 03-5273-3838; Fax: 03-3209-1441
February 25, 2021