Softbank To Ban Smoking During Work Hours

Softbank to ban smoking during work hours

Japanese telecom firm Softbank says it will start banning smoking by employees during business hours.

The firm says it will introduce non-smoking days next month. Non-smoking periods will be gradually increased until a total ban takes effect next April.

Not only will employees be forbidden from smoking in the office, they must also refrain while outside on business. Softbank will abolish all smoking areas at its facilities by around October 2020.

It says the ban is meant to improve employee health and prevent passive smoking.

Other Japanese companies have also begun enforcing smoke-free policies.

Precision equipment maker Seiko Epson banned smoking at work last April. Optical instrument maker Olympus has decided to remove all of its smoking areas by 2021.