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Anti-Smoking Campaigners Urging Tokyo to go Smoke-Free in Time for 2020 Olympics


Anti-smoking campaigners in Japan have called on the government to make restaurants and bars smoke-free in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and end the country’s reputation as a smoker’s paradise.

Japan is expected to pass legislation soon that will ban smoking in or near public buildings such as schools or hospitals, but the bill says the crackdown will apply to restaurants only in principle.

Restaurateurs and bar owners will instead be given the option of installing self-contained smoking rooms on their premises, a measure campaigners say contravenes an International Olympic Committee requirement for host cities to hold a healthy Games.

“The situation for preventing passive smoking in Japan is on a level with that in a developing nation,” said Manabu Sakuta, chair of the Japan Society for Tobacco Control.

Smoking is banned in hospitals, restaurants and other public buildings in dozens of countries, but Japan lags behind in addressing the health risks associated with secondhand smoke.

Smoking is banned on some Tokyo streets and in taxis, but only about 10% of the capital’s bars, restaurants and cafes are totally smoke-free, according to the society. There is even a cigarette vending machine in a health ministry annex.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/31/japan-urged-to-go-smoke-free-by-2020-tokyo-olympics?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_클립보드에_복사



People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
- Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

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  • GrumpyGuy_MOD_GrumpyGuy_MOD_ Moderator
    edited January 31
    From the article, and important in understanding why smoking in restaurants and bars is still ok in Japan:

    Sakuta said the government’s 30% stake in Japan Tobacco (JT) – which generates huge tax revenues – meant it was reluctant to follow the lead of Ireland, Australia, Britain and other countries and impose a smoking ban at bars and restaurants.

    Newspapers, he added, often failed to highlight the dangers of smoking for fear of angering JT, which spent an estimated 30bn yen on advertising in 2014. “Whenever a celebrity dies of throat or lung cancer, their deaths are never linked to their smoking habit,” Sakuta said.


    If I were a political cartoonist, I'd draw up a scene showing Prime Minister Abe in bed with a lit cigarette, which is itself holding the leash of a newspaper wearing a gimp suit.  Since I'm not, just picture that in your minds.  The government putting more restrictions on smoking would be, to them, like reaching into their wallets and tossing their cash into a garbage disposal.

    And, of course, the media is being bribed to keep their mouths shut about the dangers of smoking.  Interestingly, whenever a celebrity gets busted for drug possession here the media goes absolutely nuts, covering the "scandal" almost 24/7 for days or weeks complete with plenty of frowning, tsk-ing faces from newscasters and TV spokespeople.
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • I also just had a morbid thought - perhaps some elements of Japan's government want smoking to continue because it helps kill off some of the elderly?  The "aging society crisis" is on everyone's minds, and common problems are a lack of nursing staff, a lack of available nursing homes or long-term care facilities and the enormous financial and emotional burden people face looking after their ancient family members who refuse to die.

    Getting people to stop smoking would eliminate the lung cancer factor, and result in potentially even more old people sticking around forever. 

    What is more expensive - paying for someone to undergo a year of cancer treatments, or paying for them to spend three decades alive in an increasingly decrepit state?
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    edited January 31
    Smoking is also a major cause of bladder cancer.  The worst part is that people who don't smoke can acquire it via passive smoking.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    From the article, and important in understanding why smoking in restaurants and bars is still ok in Japan:

    Sakuta said the government’s 30% stake in Japan Tobacco (JT) – which generates huge tax revenues – meant it was reluctant to follow the lead of Ireland, Australia, Britain and other countries and impose a smoking ban at bars and restaurants.

    Newspapers, he added, often failed to highlight the dangers of smoking for fear of angering JT, which spent an estimated 30bn yen on advertising in 2014. “Whenever a celebrity dies of throat or lung cancer, their deaths are never linked to their smoking habit,” Sakuta said.


    If I were a political cartoonist, I'd draw up a scene showing Prime Minister Abe in bed with a lit cigarette, which is itself holding the leash of a newspaper wearing a gimp suit.  Since I'm not, just picture that in your minds.  The government putting more restrictions on smoking would be, to them, like reaching into their wallets and tossing their cash into a garbage disposal.

    And, of course, the media is being bribed to keep their mouths shut about the dangers of smoking.  Interestingly, whenever a celebrity gets busted for drug possession here the media goes absolutely nuts, covering the "scandal" almost 24/7 for days or weeks complete with plenty of frowning, tsk-ing faces from newscasters and TV spokespeople.
    I must disagree, and have thoroughly enjoyed your MS paint commentaries in the past.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • At least in some countries such as Australia cigarettes attract taxes and excise which validates passive encouragement to keep lighting up. Is it possible the health costs to the community of smoking might just about equal the cost of keeping "people who refuse to" fall off the perch balanced on their twigs?

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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