The Japanese government needs to take a strong position in the fight against tobacco and ban all forms of tobacco advertising and vending machines, according to Gro Harlem Brundtland, director general of the World Health Organization.

“Vending machines are terrible,” the head of the Geneva-based U.N. body told Kyodo News in a recent interview. “They are important in the eyes of the tobacco industry because they are effective sales machines, which is exactly what we don’t want.”

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