Countermeasures against Smoking

Under the “Chugai Group Declaration on Health”, the Chugai Group has established six priority items for managing health and productivity: Managing cancer, lifestyle-related diseases and mental health; improving health literacy; and managing workplace safety and improving workplace culture. Smoking is an important social issue. Chugai decided to strengthen smoking restrictions as a means of managing cancer, lifestyle-related diseases and workplace safety, which are among the priority items in our health and productivity management. On September 25, 2019, we thereby announced the “Chugai Group Non-Smoking Declaration,” which aims to reduce the smoking rate among employees to zero percent, and will strive to achieve this goal across the Group.

Non-Smoking Declaration

Chugai Group Non-Smoking Declaration

The Chugai Group promotes health and productivity management to keep employees working healthy and to provide a working environment that supports their wellbeing. We believe this is our responsibility as a company with a goal of becoming the top innovator in the healthcare industry. We will work together to promote non-smoking throughout the Chugai Group, with a goal of “zero percent” smoking-rate among all employees, thus eliminating the negative impacts caused by smoking including passive smoking.

September 25, 2019
Representative Director, President & CEO
Tatsuro Kosaka

News Release: Chugai Announces Non-Smoking Declaration (September 25, 2019) [PDF 295KB]

Goals and initiatives to achieve non-smoking within Chugai Group (in Japan)

Goals (in Japan):

  • End of September, 2020: Smoking prohibited in all workplaces
  • End of 2021: Smoking prohibited during work hours
  • End of 2030: Achieve a zero percent smoking rate


  • Implement gradual smoking control programs on a clear timeline
  • Develop policy to avoid recruitment of smokers (Japan offices only)
  • Encourage smokers to quit

Activities to date:

  • Non-Smoking Declaration announced internally and externally (September 2019)
  • Company policy made known through training for all employees (October to December, 2019)
  • Experiences of successful quitters shared internally (beginning July 2020)
  • Smoking cessation support project launched (beginning January 2020)
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