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Seoul with zero indirect smoking influence

Seoul endeavors to lay the groundwork for regulating smoking and to establish the culture of making public sites nonsmoking areas in a bid to protect the health of citizens from indirect smoking damage in indoor and outdoor public sites.


Designating nonsmoking areas (as of December 31, 2013)

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has designated Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Square, and Cheonggye Plaza as well as 22 parks and 339 bus stops as nonsmoking areas.

Nonsmoking apartments
  • Nonsmoking apartments are premium apartments designated with the agreement of over 50% of residents, wherein nonsmokers are not exposed to indirect smoking, residents voluntarily create a nonsmoking atmosphere for nonsmokers, and residents create a healthy, clean environment.
  • How to participate: Applicants should submit applications to the competent public health center after obtaining the agreement of over 50% of residents on nonsmoking.

Anti-smoking clinic

How to use anti-smoking clinics

Districts’ public health centers operate anti-smoking clinics by providing consultation and medication therapies (nicotine patches, nicotine chewing gum, and Bupropion) to smokers to enable them to enhance their nonsmoking rates and to lower smoking rates in the process.

  • People qualified to use anti-smoking clinics: adults 20 years or older
  • Providing six-month free services after smokers register with anti-smoking clinics
  • Consultations at anti-smoking clinics: providing 15~30 minute consultation per session, minimum of 3 sessions

Managing dementia

Seoul endeavors to shed the facility’s protection-centered dementia management paradigm and to provide comprehensive dementia services systematically including prevention, early detection, and rehabilitation in a bid to reduce the medical costs of elderly people, ease the family’s treatment cost burden, and enhance elderly people’s quality of life.

Importance of constructing comprehensive dementia management system

Seoul establishes the Seoul Dementia Center and districts’ dementia centers as organizations aimed at supervising, planning, and supporting dementia problems in this aging society in a bid to link closely with communities’ various medical and welfare resources and to provide comprehensive and total services to citizens.

  • Shifting from facility-centered caring services (hospitalization and protection) to community-led prevention services
  • Shifting from facility-centered service (hospitalization and protection) to community-led protection
  • Implementing a policy to include even family support
  • Expanding specialist facilities and enhancing the professionalism of managing dementia
  • Expanding services from beneficiaries to middle-class and low-income elderly people