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 ...

Restaurant industry opposes total smoking ban ahead of 2020 Olympics

Jan 12, 2017

Restaurant industry opposes total smoking ban ahead of 2020 Olympics

Japanese restaurant industry groups on Thursday voiced opposition to a total ban on smoking in restaurants following moves to further combat passive smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. At a meeting in Tokyo of industry organizations, participants expressed concern that a ...