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Japan Smoking by the Numbers
In 2005, 49% of men and 14% of women smoked. In 10 years, that rate decreased to 18.2% of the total population. The decline in the Japanese smoking rate has accelerated in recent years, as heated tobacco products enter the market.
The most common type of tobacco is boxed cigarettes at 42%, followed by cigarillos and then hand-rolled cigarettes.
The number of tobacco related deaths has increased from 160 to 177 per 100,000 from 1990 to 2017. With men increasing 245 to 289 and women decreasing 81 to 75.
Breast: 2.15%, Lung: 3.60%
– Yuki Okuda, cigarette smoker
Allowed in public places and many outdoor locations. Push to ban indoor smoking in Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
In 2003, the Japanese government required cigarette packaging to display warnings that use 30% or more space of their main surface.
Perception of relative harm of vaping devices. From the Foundation’s 2017 and 2019 Global Polls, participants were asked, “Do you think smoking e-cigarettes and vaping devices are more or less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes?”
*Data from the 2017 Global Poll
37.2% of nicotine or tobacco product users in Japan feel that they are too stressed in their personal life to be able to quit their tobacco consumption (2019 global poll)
58.9% of Japanese nicotine or tobacco product users believe that the health warnings on packages are not exaggerated (2019 global poll)
In Japan, 84.5% of e-cigarette users or those aware of e-cigarettes believe that using e-cigarettes or vaping devices will damage their health in the future (2019 global poll)
82.3% of Japanese nicotine or tobacco product users believe that nicotine is harmful (2019 global poll)
In Japan, 50.4% of nicotine or tobacco product users believe that tobacco-related cancer is primarily caused by nicotine (2019 global poll)
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