I hate smoking and enjoy smoke-free restaurants and sporting events, but this is pretty bad. At what point do a person’s rights get stepped on? Will people only be able to smoke at home soon? And, is that so bad? Hmmmmm. See partial article below:
Smokers Fined for Lighting Up in Tokyo Streets
TOKYO (Reuters) - Lighting up on Tokyo’s streets became hazardous to more than health on Friday as the first luckless Japanese were fined for smoking in some downtown areas.
Smoking on the street was banned in busy parts of central Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward a month ago, but a system of fines–up to $163 for multiple offences–began on November 1.
By noon, cigarette patrol officers had issued citations ordering 13 people to pay fines of 2,000 yen for smoking or discarding cigarette butts on the streets, an official said.