Tag - smoking



A smoking room aboard a Tokaido Shinkansen train
Oct 18, 2023
Bullet train lines to nix smoking rooms as health consciousness grows
As of next spring, the smoking rooms will be replaced with areas to store drinking water to be distributed in times of emergency.
A health ministry survey showed smoking rates for men and women in Japan continued to fall last year.
Aug 11, 2023
Japan's smoking rates continued decline trend in 2022
For male smokers, the 2022 figures represent a fall to 1 in 4 people from 1 in 2 during 2001, when 48.4% of men were smoking.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2023
Osaka in uphill battle to eradicate street smoking by 2025 Expo
The city announced plans last year to expand no-smoking areas to cover the entire city by 2025 while increasing the number of authorized smoking sections.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2022
Smoke without fire? Researchers question heated tobacco products
IQOS is available in more than 60 countries under widely varying regulations, and sticks come in flavors such as menthol, cherry and grape, which critics say help attract younger users.
Japan Times
May 12, 2022
Beyond cigarettes: Philip Morris lights up race with Swedish Match bid
Tobacco companies have scrambled over the past decade to find new markets as regulators crack down on cigarettes and more people quit smoking due to the health risks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 8, 2022
How is Japan's government connected with Russia's biggest cigarette maker?
The company said it would suspend some operations but continue manufacturing unless 'unprecedented' challenges force it to stop.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Sep 6, 2021
Hiroshima government office reverses course on anti-smoking measures
Smoking areas for workers will be restored after residents complained about them smoking on the street and outside an existing smoking booth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 1, 2021
Nomura tells staff not to smoke cigarettes while working from home
The company has said it doesnu2019t plan to monitor whether employees working remotely are following the guidelines.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2021
Cigarette sales in Japan dove in 2020 on shift to vaping amid pandemic
In the year that ended in March, sales of rolled tobacco products plunged by a record 16.3% from the year before to 98.8 billion sticks.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 31, 2021
Over 30% of people in Japan see rise in secondhand smoke amid pandemic
A survey also found that 18% of smokers had smoked more since the start of the pandemic early last year, whereas only 11.4% were smoking less.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 9, 2020
Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30% for first time
The smoking rate for men has been falling since peaking at 48.4 percent in 2001.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 2, 2020
Pandemic and new app give Osaka city's smokers incentive to kick the habit
Toyonaka in Osaka Prefecture, which launched the program last year, has seen a roughly threefold increase in users since the pandemic began.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
May 15, 2020
Nagoya smokers struggle to light up after station shuts smoking area
People face a u00a52,000 fine if they violate a ban on smoking near Nagoya Station.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 28, 2020
Vaping could compound health risks tied to new coronavirus, U.S. FDA says
Vaping may leave users with underlying health conditions at higher risk of serious complications if they contract the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Japan Times
Mar 21, 2020
Why is Japan still a coronavirus outlier?
How has Japan seemingly escaped the spread of the coronavirus when other countries have suffered so badly?
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 15, 2020
Low-income people in Japan more likely to smoke, health ministry report reveals
Smoking rates among low-income people exceed those of their higher-income counterparts, the health ministry said in a national health and nutrition survey report Tuesday.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2019
U.S. prefers mass hysteria to sound policy on vaping
Protecting kids from nicotine shouldn't matter more than saving the lives of millions of smokers.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2019
Instagram bans 'influencers' from promoting vaping and tobacco products and guns
Social media "influencers" will no longer be allowed to promote vaping, tobacco products and weapons on Instagram as the Facebook-owned platform doubles down on its existing ad policies banning the advertisements of such products.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 9, 2019
In 'breakthrough,' U.S. experts link vaping lung injuries to vitamin E acetate
Tests of lung samples taken from 29 patients with vaping-related injuries suggest all contained vitamin E acetate, a discovery U.S. officials described on Friday as a "breakthrough" in the investigation of the nationwide outbreak that has topped 2,000 cases.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2019
'No Smoking': Poking the embers of Haruomi Hosono's career
Marking the 50th anniversary of Haruomi Hosono's musical career, 'No Smoking' takes a look at his life and some of his famed concerts


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves