Republic of Korea

Smokefree legislation/initiatives

Korea continued its 2007 nationwide anti-smoking campaign with a “Say No!” campaign in 2008 to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke through active participation of non-smokers, although the number of smokefree places by law has been the same since 2006.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced plans to make outdoor public places including plazas, streets and schools, smokefree and will issue related regulations soon. The ordinance will not be legally binding nor will fines be imposed on smokers who violate it. (GL NIMI 18 March 09).

Under current national smokefree regulations, hospitals and schools are completely smokefree. Universities and government offices are smokefree, but smoking areas are allowed. Public transport is smokefree. Smoking areas are allowed in restaurants and bars. The laws are well enforced. (Asia Pacific Report Card – WHO FCTC Articles 6,8, 11 & 13, October 2008; MPOWER, WHO, 2008).

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