63% of Japanese Support a Smoking Ban by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

J&J Japan on May 26 announced the results of a national public opinion survey of 8,000 indoor workers about smoking bans and second-hand smoke.  The survey showed that 63% of Japanese workers support the implementation of a national smoke-free ban before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and only 14% felt that such a ban would have a negative impact on business. The survey also showed that 58% of Japanese workers are concerned about the impact of passive smoking in the workplace on their health and that 61% support an Occupational Health and Safety Law revision currently being debated by parliament that would require employers to make an effort to ban smoking indoors apart from in well-segregated smoking rooms.