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Regarding the May 31 article “Government proposes programs for asthma prevention in Tokyo wards“: It is interesting that Japan’s government is focused on automobile pollution in its asthma prevention programs while apparently ignoring cigarette smoking as a major known cause of breathing problems, including asthma. Amazingly, the article mentions nothing about the victims of secondhand smoke.

Maybe if the government did not have a 50 percent stake in the Japanese tobacco industry, it would focus on the real dangers to human health.

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