It seems that at least one company in Korea will be completely smoke-free next year Samsung Electronics.
On Thursday, the corporation announced its plans to eliminate all smoking areas by the end of this year.
And this applies nationwide to all of its plants and offices.
Until now employees of Samsung Electronics were allowed to light cigarettes in designated smoking areas during their lunch time or after work.
But in efforts to create a better working environment for everyone the company is determined to carry out its new plans.
Samsung's plant in Gumi already closed its smoking area in January this year with other offices in cities like Suwon, Gwangju, Hwaseong and Cheonan expected to follow soon.
And to make sure that no one sneaks a cigarette or two into the office to smoke secretly, the company will be checking its employees when they arrive at work to see if they possess anything that would allow them to smoke such as cigarettes, cigars and lighters.
And if a person is found to be carrying such items they will not be allowed into their office.
Through such measures the company hopes to protect its employees' health and cut down exposure to second-hand smoke for non-smokers.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.