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Japan university to hire non-smoking staff only






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Nagasaki University in Japan will not hire teachers who smoke. It wants to create a healthier place to work and study. The university said: "Our job...is to look after our staff. We feel we have to discourage them from smoking." It said there would be no smoking in the university from August. People won't be able to take cigarettes into the university from April 2020. About eight per cent of the university's professors and teachers smoke.

There is a growing trend in Japan to end smoking in public spaces, including restaurants and bars. Many streets in Tokyo are now no-smoking areas, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The number of smokers in Japan is falling. In 1966, 49 per cent of adults smoked. Last year, it was 28 per cent. One company in Japan wants its staff to quit smoking. It is giving extra days off to workers who do not smoke. Some staff soon stopped smoking.

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