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Council workers in Japan banned from using lifts after smoking
A local government in central Japan has ordered smokers to complete a 45-minute âdecontamination periodâ between stubbing out their last cigarette and using lifts in the city hall.
Staff at the administrative offices of the city of Ikoma, in Nara Prefecture, are being told to either take the stairs after a cigarette break or to wait for three quarters of an hour before using an elevator in the five-storey building.
The new regulation was introduced because âexhaled air from smokers could cause passive smoking and the impact is especially serious in closed spacesâ, the local government said.
The office has, however, stopped short of imposing punishments upon anyone who ignores the rule.
âThis is one measure we can take against the problem of passive smoking and we believe it is really important for human health, especially for children and pregnant wome nâ, said Kosuke Izumi, a city government official.
Mr Izumi - not a smoker himself - says that city employees âunderstand and acceptâ the reasoning behind the ban, although some of the smokers have grumbled.Source: Google News Japan | Netizen 24 Japan