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A convenience store and a big standing signboard showing tobacco sale in Tokyo

Big tobacco sign boards in the city of Tokyo and other major cities are very common,
and most all inhabitants do not feel that is quite unusual things in the world.


A tobacco sale counter on the basement of Sanno Park Tower, Tokyo,
where the headquarter office of Philip Morris Japan locates on the 22nd floor, October 2010.

A tobacco display in the convenient store of Sanno Park Tower, Tokyo, in October 2010

(L) ''Breath Sparkling Shot'' -menthol tobacco advertisement (R) A display said 'Your life is your story' LARK.
These photographs were taken at Chiyoda City, Tokyo, in November 2011.

In Tokyo and other big cities, Tobacco bending machines are placing in a few minute-walk
distances. Some machine has a colorful flushing light in the front panel of tobacco display.

Tobacco retail store and tobacco vending machine in Tokyo, February 2009This tobacco retailer was closed in May 2017.

(L) It is obvious that a store is doing a cigarette campaign by the name of preventing tobacco sales to the minors.
(R) The photo shows an automatic vending machine for tobacco sale. The price of cigarette is ranged from 290 yen to 320 Yen a pack.
One US dollar = 90 Japanese Yen, in October 2009

(L) ? Freedom to choose how to die This picture was taken at a residential area of Tokyo. Photograph in March 2017.
(M) A convenience store in Ueno, Tokyo placed a new notice at the entrance, saying
we started to sell tobacco.
- Photograph in March 2010
(R) Tobacco is the main most selling product that is focused. - Photograph in December 2014.

(L) A tobacco corner in the souvenir shop at Nagoya railway station
(R) A convenience store in Ueno, Tokyo placed a new big notice at the entrance, saying we sell tobacco.


The line graph shows a steady increase until recently.
ーーーーー The number of cigarette vending machine
ーーーーー The cigarette sales proceeds

Numbers of a cigarette vending machine on yearly base


Sales proceed 35,000=3.5 trillion yen ( 90 yen = 1 US dollar )

(Source: Japan Vending Machine Manufactures Association)


Smokers in Japan will no longer be able to buy cigarettes from vending machines from 2009,
without an ID card that says they are adults. Under a new system that aims to make it
harder for minors to buy tobacco. All of Japan's 570,000 cigarette vending machines will
require a smart card called 'taspo', an access card to buy tobacco, issued only to people
who are at least 20, the legal smoking age.

The proportion of Japanese adults who smoke has slipped to 26 percent from 34 percent
a decade ago and a peak of 49 percent in 1966. The company, half-owned by the government,
said a pilot program for the new vending machines in rural Japan had no impact on sales.

Source: Reuter 09.10,2007


(L) An actor performing in TV commercial how easy to buy a cigarette. At first, he applied to get the ID card,'paspo'.
(M) It is not necessary to carry a coin, because the card has a function of electronic money.
(R) It is easy to buy a cigarette, we just touch 'taspo' to a bending machine. That's all.

(L) So convenient to buy a tobacco.
(R) It says your cooperation by using 'taspo' is appreciated, in order to prevent a minors' smoking.


(L) Virginia Slims, Duo, 10 Menthol Cigarettes ( Philip Morris Products ).
The word of 'slim', and the size of small 10 cigarettes, are attractive to Japanese women.
(M)(R) Pianissimo 10, A new 10-pack Japanese tobacco, targeted mainly for young women.



Japan's tobacco habit runs into court a challenge.

One plaintiff is a cancer patient. Another is represented by his widow. The third has emphysema and
rolls into the courtroom on a wheelchair with tubes trailing out of his nose. Three Japanese is waging
a minnow-vs-whale battle in one of the world's most smoker-friendly countries. However, past judicial
precedents suggest that they are likely to lose, they hope their suit will at least draw attention to
the dangers of smoking.

She mentioned Japan as a smoker's paradise separated from the wide world. Japanese government
still owns the 50% of stock of Japan Tobacco Inc.. The 2009 sales of tobacco were 6.832trillion yen
( $ 72.8 billion ).

Only action to protect children from tobacco hazard was an ID card, called 'taspo', which is necessary
to buy cigarettes from a vending machine. A pack of 20 cigarettes costs 300 yen ( about $2.85 ), a third
of New York Prices. Here, in a small print, they say 'Smoking can be one of the causes for lung cancer'.

Japan Tobacco officials still flatly deny passive smoking is a problem, arguing the dangers come from
burning cigarettes left on an ashtray, but not second hand fumes. Cigarette ads are no longer appeared
on TV, though the tobacco company gets on the air with ads that discourage tossing butts on the street.
The tobacco company frequently put ID card commercials, in which TV actor shows how to use 'taspo'
to buy a cigarette at a bending machine, and it is for the purpose to prevent a teen-age smoking.

Cafe Tobacco, a smokers' only coffee shop in Shinbashi, Tokyo

Wide-range glass window and Smokers'-only sign board at the entrance.
Non-smoker can't stay in the shop not more than 5 minutes, felt dizzy.

(L) In both sides of the entrance of Japanese restaurant in Tokyo, there are automatic
bending machines for sales of cigarette.
(R) A well-known discount store publicizes a smoking floor in the building.
Both pictures were taken at Akibahara, Tokyo, in September 2012.

A legal and social acceptance of a notion that much of the world takes for granted: that smoking makes
you sick. However, in Japan, only few bars and restaurants ban smoking. In April 2009, a major restaurant
chain opened a cafenamed Cafe Tobacco, a Tokyo coffee shop billing itself as a haven for smokers.
It has proven popular among customers, who takes his coffee with a cigarette. A manager Kishi said 'I do
not want to live an extra year or two by giving up what I love to do'.
Source: Yuri Kageyama, Associate Press, 1 Aug. 2009,
A few sentences and photograph were added by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D..


NHK TV 2010年10月27日放送
Broadcast by NHK TV October 27, 2010

An ashtray appears to be an important tool for the top politicians. This photo was taken at the main meting
room of Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, frequently abbreviated
to LDP or Jimintoh, is a diversely center to the conservative political party in Japan. It is one of the most
consistently successful political parties in the world of democracy.

The LDP ruled almost continuously for nearly 54 years from its founding in 1955
until its defeat in the 2009 election.

They never think about a smoking restriction inside, and always ignore the Japan's Health Promotion Law.


石破茂 ( 喫煙歴 40年 ) 自民党衆院議員は次のように述べている。飲食店によっては大部分の客層が喫煙者ということも
少なくない。 皆が持っている価値観を、他人に迷惑かけることなく実現出来るか。知恵の出し所であって、
コメント )たばこ会社と同じく、「健康の問題」を「マナーの問題」に置き換えている。


「喫煙と肺がん」:「そんな関係あんの?」麻生太郎財務省発言 (公開期間を終了)


引用 朝日新聞 Digital 2017年2月22日
 Tobacco Mafia??
出典:Record China:G20 February 2013 in Moscow
Finance Minister of Japan Rocks Gangster-style for G-20 Trip.
Finance ministers are not often recognized for their fashion sense. However, Japanese finance minister Taro Aso
set ablaze with his gangster-style attire as he was leaving Japan for the G-20 meeting in Moscow.
Source: Wall Street Journal, Feburaury 15, 2013

FCTC 受動喫煙防止国際条約 タバコ規制枠組み条約第8条:

1. 締約国は、タバコの煙にさらされることが死亡、疾病及び障害を引き起こすことが




★★ Source: Cigarette smoking and thinning of the brain's cortex, Molecular Psychiatry, 778-785, 2015

2016年全国喫煙者率調査[日本] 19.3%

29.7% −前年比1.3%減少
女性喫煙率 9.7% - 前年比0.1%増加

2015年 米国の喫煙率 男性 
16.7%、女性 13.6%

This shows an advertisement displayed attached to the wall of the platform of Tameike-Sanno subway station,
very closed to the prime minister's official residence.
(L) It says Japan Tobacco Inc. will make an effort to create a comfortable society for smokers and non-smokers.
Three important items: keep smoking manner, do social activity to clean a street and supporting creating of
a separate indoor smoking room.
(R) ひとのときを想う All pictures are not directly related with cigarette.
The meaning of this Japanese is not clear. It may be tried to arouse people's awareness that
the human life and tobacco are an inseparable piece of connections.
The photographs were taken in May 2013.

Smokers, Get off sidewalks and go inside.
Is it impossible to create a smoke-free society in Tokyo?
A smoking habit is a 'disease', or is a 'traditional culture' ??
Photographs: Health warning for smoking.

タイ王国、アイスランド、カナダ 英国でのタバコ販売方法
English Version

2009年2月執筆  2009年8月加筆  2010年10月加筆 2014年12月加筆  2016年8月加筆
「禁煙席ネット」主宰 医学博士 宮本順伯
『禁煙席ネット』 サイトへのリンクは自由
All Photographs were taken by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
The article was written in February 2009, and last revised in September 2012, and August 2016.

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United States smoking ban USA 2012

Special Note
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