Demand of smoke-free Olympics gradually increasing in Japan
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 11-Aug-2017

Tokyo, August 11: Smoking has been an issue in Japan and played a major role in Tokyo election. Banning smoking in public places is an increasing demand. Now the issue is bothering Olympics organizers also. Anti-tobacco groups in Japan demands a complete smoke-free Olympics rather than designated smoking areas in games location.

The Japan Society for Tobacco Control demands a statement from Shunichi Suzuki, the minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. International organizations like the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have also been promoting smoke-free Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Suzuki wants separate smoking areas instead of the Japan Society for Tobacco Control complaint states as per his statement on 9th August. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is trying to push ban smoking in all restaurants and related establishments.

"It is an international problem, where athletes and several hundred thousand spectators from around the world will be exposed to secondhand smoke. Protecting the policy of a complete ban on indoor smoking is the duty of the minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games," the Japan Society for Tobacco Control complaint states.

The anti-tobacco group commented that "his actions stab the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the back."