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Over 30% in Japan see rise in exposure to secondhand smoke

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Disgusting habit and should banned everywhere.

33 ( +42 / -9 )

With so little space secondhand smoke is a big problem in Japan

31 ( +34 / -3 )

Provide a safe and comfortable space for people who want to enjoy a cigarette, without forcing them into a small room of other people smoking.

-20 ( +11 / -31 )

Double the price and the tobacco tax. Put the money into health care.

23 ( +30 / -7 )

Provide a safe and comfortable space for people who want to enjoy a cigarette, without forcing them into a small room of other people smoking.

And what else do you want, a massage and a cookie? Why should society bend to the whim of people who do nothing but spread cancerous fumes around them, exactly?!

25 ( +32 / -7 )

@Jsapc Well said!!

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Double the price and the tobacco tax. Put the money into health care.

exactly, BUT the problem is the GOVERNMENT is profiting off smoking as they have shares of JT (Japan Tobacco), so I don't see this happening anytime soon.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

I thought it was 32%

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I just moved back to Australia 6 months ago and bought my first pack of cigarettes here.

$53(4490.12 JPY) for a 30 pack of Winfield Blue Originals.

Yabai yo

1 ( +6 / -5 )

And what else do you want, a massage and a cookie? Why should society bend to the whim of people who do nothing but spread cancerous fumes around them, exactly?!

Because like opposite opinions, it’s legal.

I’m not a smoker anymore, I chose to quit long ago. I wouldn’t tolerate it in my home. But in public, it exists.

I hate it in restaurants, I will leave if I smell smoke...

But it is legal, so accommodations for both the smoker and the non-smoker, must be made.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

As an ex-smoker, I say tax the hell out of tobacco. Spend the money on nurses to administer the vaccine. As I walk around the streets, I sometimes walk near folks having a sneaky illegal smoke. The smell of cigarettes is still rather pleasant to me, but I know if I'm inhaling the smoke through my mask, I'm just as likely inhaling coronavirus ... and then I think, "gosh, back when I used to smoke, at least I always smoked in the smoking areas / room. By doing otherwise is basically saying, "I don't care about my own health and I certainly couldn't care less about yours ... what are you going to do?" TAX TAX TAX.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

That’s really almost nothing in relation or compared to what you non-smokers too blow into the air with your cars, planes and all kind of chemicals or other factories. Or look at those intentionally burning fires on agricultural fields or the big forest fires in the news every year. You don’t complain that and never would something against, right? That tells a lot about you, not about the tobacco smokers. In other words, nothing will change in general if active or passive smoking is restricted or banned. You’ll still breathe in quite the same amount of bad things and die from lung cancer as if you even were a smoker yourself.

-17 ( +4 / -21 )

This is one of the most obvious articles I've read yet on this site.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Stop the press:

People who live with a smoker get smoked on more when the smoker's smoking at home instead of smoking outside his office 12 hours a day.

Well, blow me down. If you can. Koff, koff.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

You don’t complain that and never would something against, right?

How do you know what we complain and don't complain about, exactly?

You’ll still breathe in quite the same amount of bad things and die from lung cancer as if you even were a smoker yourself.

This is laughably wrong. Somking directly causes cancer. Second-hand smoke directly causes cancer. Not smoking makes it statistically less likely to get cancer in all cases, even if you work in a coal mine. Conversly, smoking makes it statistically much more likely to get cancer, even if you live on top of the k2 and smell the purest air on earth.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

Because like opposite opinions, it’s legal.

The fact that smoking is legal is in no way an argument for making smoking areas more comfortable for smokers.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

My husband is a smoker, but he smokes only outside because he’s not an inconsiderate jerk.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

Provide a safe and comfortable space for people who want to enjoy a cigarette, without forcing them into a small room of other people smoking.

Exactly what kind of space do you have in mind?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The fact that smoking is legal is in no way an argument for making smoking areas more comfortable for smokers.

No more than any other park that is.

After all, they are citizens who pay taxes, and have a right to have their needs seen as well.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

"Many of those currently still smoking are likely to find it difficult to quit," Hirano said.

Horrible excuse You raise the prices and force smokers to smoke with others without masks, that'll do the trick real quick.

Easy solutions to the problem.

Raise a pack, any pack of smokes to ¥5000 a pack and put a 50% tax on each.

Ban them from anywhere serving food. And actually enforce the rules.

Absolutely shove all smokers into one designated cramped enclosed room to share with other smokers. They don't like it? That's how non smokers feel. But they have the choice to stamp it out and leave. I just love it when smokers smoke on their balcony or outside of their dwellings and say, "I don't want to get the smell in my house." Oh really?

Make it illegal in schools, and actually enforce the rules. You cannot believe how many of these "people" in elementary and junior high schools are smoking. And they tell the kids not too?

I'm sure there are a lot more solutions, but this is just a for example.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

wonder who gets to breathe all that secondhand smoke when the smokers are not working from home.....

5 ( +5 / -0 )

After all, they are citizens who pay taxes, and have a right to have their needs seen as well.

Smoking isn't a human need, and paying taxes still is not an argument for making life more comfortable for people who willingly endanger their healths and those of people around them. Smokers should be actively helped on the path to curing their addiction, but certainly not coddled and cajoled just because they "pay taxes".

Also, all profits from tobacco companies should go directly to research and cures for cancer.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Not to mention the fact that SAR-CoV-2 can transmit via tobacco aerosol up to 8 meters...

nonsmokers should have the right to sue smokers for endangerment of health. There are multiple peer reviewed studies highlighting the health dangers of passive smoking.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

actually, the headline should read:* Over 30 percent of people in Japan *who live with smokers... just, you know, in the interests of not misleading people

2 ( +3 / -1 )

My husband is a smoker, but he smokes only outside because he’s not an inconsiderate jerk.

As your neighbours whether or not they think he is an inconsiderate jerk. You won't like what you hear.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

More stress and more people at home smoking! Who would have thought?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

As an ex-smoker I feel that I can say smoking is stupid, and it should be called out for what it is, none of this ambiguous/who is right, who is wrong BS that has JT (Japan tobacco) has been putting out there. JGOV should take responsibility for their part in getting people hooked, and offer free treatment for those looking to give up the habit.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

One of the reasons I don’t like bars and izakaya. I rather drink with my gaming PC than breathing in cancer smokes.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Should be banned as it is in some other countries.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

I don't know why a non-smoker would want to marry a smoker in the first place.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Not hard to quit smoking just do it and you’ll thank yourself for quitting

6 ( +7 / -1 )

What!? Does this include ‘vaping’ ? @Goodlucktoyou 9:37am -

- @Goodlucktoyou 9:37am - “Not to mention the fact that SAR-CoV-2 can transmit via tobacco aerosol up to 8 meters...” -

Interesting but do you have a link citing that ‘fact’?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Over 30 percent of people in Japan who live with smokers said

Or, over 30% of people who live with smokers NEVER SAID anything to their smoker partners or family members about being exposed to secondhand smoke.

Unless this 30+ percent are kids who can't do much against their "dead neurons" smoking parents, people can use their voice to express their opinion about secondhand smoke AND take action against it.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Kimiyasu Hirano, a researcher at the center, said the fact that people are spending more time at home raises "concerns about adverse health effects" for passive smokers, who are at risk of disease, disability and death.

He is not the first one to raise this issue, sadly the Pro Lock-Them-All Health Taliban using the doom scenario for pushing their agenda do not care about collateral-damages.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I have never understood the appeal of smoking. You are willingly putting hundreds of carcinogenic chemicals into your body iincluding arsenic, tar and nicotine. Your health and futness becomes rubbish, teeth yellow and breath stinks.

Plus forcing that on your children. Child abuse and assault. Simple as that.

Whats the appeal? Just stop. Smokers should be told to stop within 1 year, or no more public healthcare or hospital access.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

I had a class in this place where, as usual, everyone had to wear masks. As it was as private club and this is Japan however, people not taking part in the class we’re allowed to take off their masks and smoke! Unbelievable.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Smoking isn't a human need

What, are you from the USSR or something? Since when has the government limited itself to needs? Any good government tries to improve life for all its people. Parks aren't a need, yet governments develop them. Sports aren't a need, and money goes into that. Sports cause injury, and health care pays for that. Should we remove government from everything and anything that isn't a 'need'? Because that was Communist USSR.

and paying taxes still is not an argument for making life more comfortable for people who willingly endanger their healths and those of people around them.

Athletes willingly endanger their health. And keeping smokers separated from the rest of people with appealing smoking areas keeps them out of the way of non-smokers.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Over 30% in Japan see rise in exposure to secondhand smoke

This headline is misleading. The article actually says it is only about 30% of those who live with smokers who have seen a rise, not 30% of the Japanese population generally. Since only about 25% live with smokers it would suggest about 8%, not 30%, of the population has seen a rise.

Still a problem, but not quite as bad as the headline would indicate.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

unless you live in the boondocks you’re going inhale a lot of pollution and vehicle exhaustion and pollutions that arises in China that the wind carries to Japan. Cigarettes smoke is just another pollutants added to the equation

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

most countries put in smoking bans in the 80's and 90's.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

It is quite shocking to find out there is now an all-time high of 1.1 billion smokers globally. Ten countries make up 66% of this population, of which Japan is one of the them, which is not so shocking.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I used to live in a typical “mansion” (in the Japanese sense of the word). During summer we would leave the net door open at night to let the breeze in. We would frequently get woken up by the smell of smoke coming from the neighboring room...at 2 or 3 in the morning.

People are going to smoke, that’s a given. You could raise the price to 10000 yen a pack and some people would still find a way to justify it. But doing stuff like smoking at 3 a.m., knowing that your fumes are going to waft all around the area? I’d make that some kind of crime and impose a colossal fine on it.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt000000000140352/

The above a link to 'The Insider", a brilliant movie about how evil Big Tobacco is.

And to think Japanese government sponsors and profits from tobacco sales.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

You have the right to poison yourself. You do not have the right to do it if in doing so you are threatening the lives of others, depriving them of something they are entitled to, or forcing others to subsidize your poor lifestyle choices through contributing to your healthcare expenses.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Not hard to quit smoking just do it and you’ll thank yourself for quitting

As someone who 'quit' at least a dozen times I diagree it's easy to quit. But well worth the efforts. Each time I sit next to a smoker on the train I remind myself I used to reek like them

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@snowymountain your right, in Japan a packet of 20 will cost you about $4.55 as where in the UK it would cost you $16 and in oz they are way more, $27. but i suppose the goverment wont put the price up as its not good for votes!!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The UK put an all out ban on smoking in pubs, clubs, restaurants and work places inc cars, on 1st of July 2007, it wasnt very popular at first, it even had a desire effect on the pubs trade, but now its nice not to walk into a pub or resturant that stinks of spent nicotine.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

What, are you from the USSR or something? Since when has the government limited itself to needs?

You're the one who started talking about "needs", not me. I'm just telling you it's not a valid argument, because tobacco isn't a need.

Athletes willingly endanger their health. 

That is an astoundingly inane argument. Sports have a plethora of positive effects (health, social life, amusement...) for a fairly minimal risk of actual health damage. Tobacco has absolutely no positive effect whatsoever and a presents a great risk of health damage. Trying to compare the two is just insane.

If you want to compare smoking to something, compare it to other unhealthy vices and addictions. Do you think the government should pay for morbidly obese people to get bigger seats on airplanes and on the shinkansen for free, to the detriment of other people? Do you believe the governement should build the comfiest bars possible so that alcoholics can drink themselves to death while sitting in a leather couches?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I wish I had the money to move.

My elderly neighbors are chain smokers... there's no escaping the stench. I run a very expensive coway air purifier 24/7.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Here's clue about second hand smoke. People who smoke do not mask up by and large. If they don't care about their health you can be damn sure they don't care about yours and are more at their own risk. Avoid them and their smoke like the plague.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Smoking sucks!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Also, all profits from tobacco companies should go directly to research and cures for cancer.

Exactly. I feel uncomfortable that people who try their best to look after their own health are chipping in to pay for medical treatment for diseases which could have been avoided if certain people stopped smoking which everyone knows will most likely damage your health.

Smoking is a drug addiction. No ifs, ands or but(t)s about it. Those who want to give it up should be helped.

I am so glad that all the smokers in my close and extended families have given up this filthy habit. Apart from one aunt who may still be smoking (lost touch with her), they at least had the decency to not smoke near me, or inside the house.

My dad was told by the doctors to give up smoking while he was in hospital for an unrelated matter during middle age. He told them he could give up food but he couldn't give up smoking. But he did (probably because he wasn't allowed to smoke in hospital), and he never looked back. He went on to live several more decades and a long life.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

You have the right to poison yourself. You do not have the right to do it if in doing so you are threatening the lives of others, depriving them of something they are entitled to, or forcing others to subsidize your poor lifestyle choices through contributing to your healthcare expenses.

I could apply that to people who drive. I don't drive. You people in cars are a risk to my health. You could be using a cycle and public transit like I do. Why should I have to finance these roads and police who enforce road laws, simply due to your poor lifestyle choices?

And here's a morsel of information people who complain about the cost of health care for smokers don't like: Smokers cost less to the health system over their lifespan, as they die earlier. There are LOTS of studies on it, this is not fringe science.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

It’s almost humorous to read all of the petty and arrogant comments by those who are disgusted by smokers, who want to ban people from having a personal choice or raise the price on them to discourage their filthy habit. Well, there are a lot of things that people do that I find filthy and disgusting but it’s not my place to tell them how to live their lives. For example, overeating and homosexual sex to name a few. Although I myself do not smoke, nor am I a glutton or homosexual, these behaviors have a cost to society as well. However I wouldn’t dream of personally judging them as disgusting or attempt to ban, or tax their behavior. I cannot understand the constant need for some people to use government to control others to suit their own personal preferences.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

My elderly neighbors are chain smokers... there's no escaping the stench.

I sympathize. My young neighbors have barbecues all the time. I smoke to hide the awful stench.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Over 30 percent of people in Japan who live with smokers said they have been exposed to more secondhand smoke since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic 

So what is it, 35 percent? 60 percent? 80 percent? All figures over 30 percent.

And what if the number were actually close to 30 percent? Did the other 70 percent go outside more to not be exposed to smoke?

Questions left unanswered.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

StrangerlandJune 1 09:25 am JST

The fact that smoking is legal is in no way an argument for making smoking areas more comfortable for smokers.

No more than any other park that is.

After all, they are citizens who pay taxes, and have a right to have their needs seen as well.

So, smoking and the resultant negative effects of secondhand smoke on other people is no problem for you. Yet, people that don’t get the covid vaccine, thus possible negative effects on others, are terrible people in your eyes. Ah, the laughable liberal “consistency”.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

So, smoking and the resultant negative effects of secondhand smoke on other people is no problem for you.

I mean, it's gross and I don't like it. I don't go to restaurants that smell like smoke. But smokers have rights too.

Yet, people that don’t get the covid vaccine, thus possible negative effects on others, are terrible people in your eyes.

Um, I'm extremely supportive of people who don't want the vaccine in their choice. I've repeated that multiple times on this site.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

What the hell happened to that law banning smoking in places?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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