South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare said Sunday smoking near day care centers and kindergartens will be banned starting this week, with violators being fined 100,000 won.
As of Monday, smoking within 10 meters of the 390,000 day care centers and 9,000 kindergartens in the country will be prohibited. The Ministry said the decision aims to protect children from secondhand smoking.
Provincial governments are also ordered to put up signs notifying smokers of the regulation around day care centers and kindergartens. The ministry said it will give a grace period through March 30, so as to give people time to adjust to the changes.
day care center：名詞，或寫成day-care center，托兒所。Since both Mr. and Mrs. Li have to work, they send their children to a day care center.（李先生和李太太都得工作，所以把小孩送到托兒所。）
as of：片語，自…起。We won’t be living here anymore as of next year.（自明年起，我們將不會再住在這裡。）
so as to：片語，為了、以便（免、防）。The test questions are sealed, so as to prevent cheating.（為預防作弊，試題是彌封的。）