Tokaido Shinkansen to End Onboard Smoking Rooms on March 15, Moving Towards a Total Smoking Ban

Tokaido Shinkansen Smoking Room

JR Central has announced that the smoking rooms currently available on the Tokaido Shinkansen trains will be completely removed by March 15. This decision comes in response to the growing health consciousness and the decline in smoking rates in recent years, and from March 16, passengers will no longer be able to smoke on board the Shinkansen. However, smoking rooms at station concourses and platforms will remain.

At present, there are smoking rooms on the decks of cars 3, 10, and 15 on the Tokaido Shinkansen. After their removal, the spaces will be equipped with emergency drinking water to enhance disaster response capabilities.

Leading up to the total ban, the smoking room in car 7’s deck was already discontinued in March 2022. In the N700S model, for instance, this space has been converted into a business area that can be used for brief meetings, web conferencing, phone calls, and other purposes.

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