Mitsubishi Chemical to ban employees from smoking during work hours

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. said Tuesday that it will restrict employees from smoking during working hours, a surprising move for a major Japanese chemical company.

The ban, slated to go into effect from next April, is aimed at protecting workers from secondhand smoke, and impact of passive smoking said the core subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.

All representatives of the subsidiary will be required to cease from smoking during working hours, including when telecommuting and amid excursions for work.

The company will likewise remove smoking spaces from every domestic office and plants under its administration.

Mitsubishi Chemical will solicit workers from different companies who enter its offices not to smoke inside the premises for safety and health purposes.

As per an in-house survey in 2017, 60 percent of Mitsubishi Chemical’s smokers who reacted said smokers who responded said they “need to quit smoking.” The company hopes to create a working environment that will help such employees kick their smoking habit.

Do you think such a business practice should be implemented in every organization small or big?

No doubt it is an ethical and morally correct decision that will not just create a productive and fit working environment conjuring up women employee confidence but also instill in male workers a sense of duty and social responsibility towards other colleagues. The externality effects of smoking also commonly known as passive smokers (those who inhale the smoke fumes) are negative leading to birth of various asthmatic diseases, so why not nip the evil in the bud? Especially at place that requires professional attitude and congenial cooperation between staff/departments.

What are your views on enacting such a code of ethics in general businesses worldwide, do you support it?

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