Nagasaki University Stops Hiring Professors Who Smoke
A Nagasaki University spokesperson has announced that the university has stopped hiring any teaching staff person who smokes. Starting in August the univerisity will ban smoking entirely on its campus and will open a clinic for those who cannot give it up. This is a first at a Japanese university.
Japan is considered a paradise for smokers. Smoking is allowed almost everywhere in Japan. (At the company where I work, there are smoking rooms, so smokers cannot smoke in other areas.) The World Health Organization has given Japan the lowest rating for efforts to prevent passive smoke. Japan scores lower than both China and South Korea.
What is the smoking situation where you live? Is smoking allowed in restaurants and universities or other public places?