Why the obsession with stopping smoking in the street? 2nd attempt

In my previous attempt I went on about the fact that you can still smoke next to a rope that divides the smoking and non smoking sections, but you can’t smoke in some whole areas places in the open air, then tried to explain it with reference to the Japanese concept of meiwaku (causing annoyance or inconvenience to others). As is often the case, it later occurred to me that the main reason might be a lot less deep and a lot more random. In this case, I am wondering whether it is just a case of local governments (e.g. Chiyoda-ku in Tokyo) being able to control who smokes on their streets but having to rely on another level of government to decide if, how and where you can smoke inside. Anyone happen to know?



  1. crella said,

    June 8, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Actually, a number of small children have been burned because their faces are at elbow height or so. One little girl in Saitama, I believe, lost the sight in one eye when someone turned quickly and their cigarette went into her eye. The legislation was enacted there pretty quickly, and it’s spreading to other areas.

  2. alexcase said,

    June 12, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Thanks Crella, as usual your facts quickly sort out my idle speculation!

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