December 10, 2012 10:25
Life got a little tougher for smokers in Korea from Saturday as smoking is now prohibited in bars, restaurants and coffee shops nationwide that are 150 sq.m or larger.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said smoking in government offices, public areas for young people, parks and parking lots will also be banned soon in addition to already-designated non-smoking areas. The ban comes 18 months after the National Health Law was revised in June last year.
Violators will not be punished during a six-month grace period that is in effect until everyone is fully aware of the new anti-smoking policy.
However, restaurants can operate a smoking room in a separate area.
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