Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in

Patrons of Tokyo restaurants and bars will be able to light up indoors for the last time on Tuesday as one of the world’s most cigarette-friendly cities starts enforcing anti-smoking laws from April 1.

The ban was part of Tokyo’s preparations for the now-delayed 2020 Olympics, and covers establishments with hired employees, meaning many of the family-owned-and-operated bars and restaurants that the city is famous for are exempt.