The Japanese Government collects billions of yen each year in tobacco-related tax revenues and still owns 33% of Japan Tobacco stock -- as is required by law. That's a very tasty source of hard cash the government is going to be very hard pressed to replace if it becomes unavailable.
Bars are going to be particularly hard hit, as they have been elsewhere in the world, simply because many places do not have convenient outdoor smoking spots available, and without a place to smoke, smoking customers are going to go elsewhere.
Plus, I wonder how the pious non-smoking public is going to react when they see their consumption tax increase even further, and additional taxes imposed in other areas to make up for the loss in revenue that a truly effective smoking ban will make inevitable.
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Prayers for that poor baby girl.
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With the 2020 Olympics just around the corner, the press is on to make smoking even more unwelcome. Already there is talk that all bars and restaurants will be smoke-free well before the start of the games, and officially designated smoking areas are going to be even harder to find than they are now.
I smoke, but as they say above, the writing is on the wall, so it's pretty certain that soon I will have to stop. I guess that's a good thing. (My wife certainly thinks so!) However, I am cantankerous enough to resent being bullied into it.
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