Smoking ban to cover small 'izakaya,' yakitori eateries

/ Feb 26, 2017

Smoking ban to cover small 'izakaya,' yakitori eateries

A smoking ban the health ministry plans to impose on most restaurants will cover small izakaya (taverns) and yakitori eateries, informed sources said. The amending the health promotion law, the ministry aims to prohibit indoor smoking at bars and restaurants. Faced with strong opposition ...

Feb 24, 2017

Efforts to stop passive smoking

The government's plan to tighten rules against smoking in public areas falls woefully short of what's needed to curb the health risks posed by secondhand smoke.

| Feb 13, 2017

Let's discuss bans on smoking

The health ministry is considering a legal revision banning smoking in public areas to help bring Japan's battle against secondhand smoke in line with the global standard ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nomura bets on startup to help Japan's smokers kick the habit

Feb 9, 2017

Nomura bets on startup to help Japan's smokers kick the habit

Nomura Holdings Inc. and Keio University are investing in a startup that’s seeking to revolutionize how smokers quit the habit. CureApp Inc., which develops mobile applications to treat ailments including tobacco addiction, received ¥380 million ($3.4 million) this month from investors including Nomura and ...

/ Feb 5, 2017

'Third-hand' smoke residue may harm infants: study

The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second-hand” smoke also harms health. On Friday, scientists issued a warning about what they call “third-hand” smoke (THS) — the sticky residue from tobacco puffing that ...