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Nihon Rinsho. 2013 Mar;71(3):399-405.

[Tobacco control in Japan: what it is, and what it should be].

[Article in Japanese]

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Japan Society for Tobacco Control.


The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has been effective as of February 2005. This is an epoch making event for the world tobacco control. However, in Japan, almost nothing has been changed due to the intrusion of the tobacco industry and Ministry of Finance. In article 8, the Government still cannot pass a law to protect Japanese people from passive smoking. In article 11, Ministry of Finance is still permitting an old package. In article 13, no restriction is possible except a self-imposed control. Japan Society for Tobacco Control has made a passive smoking prevention bill and presented a petition to the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare with related 4 bills. Cooperation, money and champion are the three most important issues that we have to pursue.

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