• Kyodo


The Hyogo Prefecture Assembly passed a total ban Monday on smoking at schools and hospitals that takes effect on April 1, 2013.

Hyogo is the second prefecture to introduce such restrictions on smoking after Kanagawa imposed a similar ban in April 2010, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

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