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Health ministry urges smoking ban for restaurants, other indoor spaces.
2016




Health ministry panel: Ban all smoking in public facilities.

A health ministry panel is calling for a smoking ban inside all public facilities, saying
Japan’s effort to curb exposure to secondhand smoke is one of the worst in the world.

The panel made the proposal in a draft of the “white paper on tobacco” concerning
cigarette smoking and its health impact. “A total smoking ban should be imposed, rather
than setting up smoking sections inside public facilities,” the panel said.

The white paper will be released after a review committee examines the draft on Aug. 31.
It will be the first white paper since 2001 and the fourth by the Ministry of Health, Labor
and Welfare. For the first time, the draft provided scientific assessments between smoking
and illnesses in four categories: certain, possible, unclear, and possibly unrelated. The panel
recognized a connection between secondhand smoke exposure and such illnesses as lung
cancer, ischemic heart disease, strokes and child asthma. The draft report also mentioned
that the World Health Organization recently described some of Japan’s anti-smoking
measures as the worst among the Group of Seven industrialized nations. In the WHO report,
Japan ranked at the bottom in three of seven categories: smoke-free policies, anti-tobacco
campaigns by the media and advertising bans.

The other four categories were monitoring, cessation programs, health warnings and taxation.
The WHO also pointed out that 49 countries have enacted laws that ban smoking inside public
facilities, such as medical and educational institutions.
Source: The Asahi Shimbun August 31, 2016



Health ministry urges smoking ban for restaurants, other indoor spaces.

A health ministry panel in August 2016 called for a ban on smoking indoors in public spaces,
including restaurants. In a report, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry linked passive smoking
to a range of deadly diseases, saying designated smoking spaces only harbor the problem
rather than eliminate it. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to combat passive
smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Tobacco White Paper revises a document
that has remained untouched for 15 years.

In the report, the ministry for the first time correlates secondhand smoke with disease at four
risk levels and cites data for its analysis. At Level 1, the highest risk level, it links passive smoking
to diseases such as lung cancer, heart attack, cerebral embolism and childhood asthma. Until now,
the ministry has said it prefers a blanket ban in public places, but the report said having
designated smoking rooms does not prevent the leakage of cigarette smoke and inflicts passive
smoking on cleaning staff.

Japan should “aim at a 100 percent ban on smoking indoors” instead of setting up smoking rooms,
the report said. The report cites a World Health Organization estimate showing secondhand
smoking causes around 15,000 deaths annually in Japan, making it one of the worst for inaction
on passive smoking.
Source: The Japan Times August 31, 2016


Smoking Regulation Awareness Survey in Japan

Do you support the indoor total smoking ban?



The total number of votes = 210,253
1. = Voters support total indoor smoking ban in a public space. 123,431 ( 58.7% )
2. = A smoking room should be provided inside. 72,230 ( 34.4% )
3. = No smoking-restriction is desired. 13,819 ( 6.6% )
Gender display of voters: Male, 79.7%, Female 20.3%
Source: Yahoo! Awareness Survey on smoking regulation performed in August 2016



The total number of votes = 123,907
1. = Voters support to strength a smoking ban. 88,785 ( 71.7% )
2. = Against to smoking more restruction 30,633 ( 24.7% )
3. = Abstention 4,489 ( 3.6% )
Gender display of voters: Male, 81,0%, Female 19.0%
Source: Yahoo! Awareness Survey on smoking regulation performed in December 2016



 WHO Smoking should be banned in all public spaces.

Inspection by Dr. Judith Mackay, senior policy adviser, WHO

Dr. Judith Macky is a physician qualified by the Roral College of Phicician,
born in England (UK) and lives in Hog Kong.

(L) Dr. Judith Macky is taking a picture of bending machine of tobacco, which is the world's best number.
(R) It is very strange to see a smoking area in a public space. She evaluated it as advanced initiatives.

An evaluation had changed soon after she inspected a restaurant.
This shop adopted the air-curtain system to prevent leaking a side-smoke to a non-smoking area, using a wind to blow down.

Dr. Judith Macky criticized strictly, saying we cannot prevent the side-smoke spreads to another area in the indoor space.
When we deter from diffusion of a harmful tobacco-smoke, it is necessary to produce the energy
equivalent to a tornado. It is impossible to settle the complete separate-anti-smoke system in a restaurant.


Dr. Judith Mackay said
the tobacco policy in Japan is the worst in the world.
It is very important to establish the smoking restriction by law until 2020, when Tokyo Olympic will take place.
Picture source: NHK TV December 14, 2016

A video created by WHO to stop tobacco-industry-interference campaign.

Japan's  anti-smoking law Herald Tribune International: Japan must move faster on anti-smoking law.
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Health ministry urges smoking ban for restaurants, other indoor space.
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The article was written in September 2016, and revised in December 2016,
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