- 25 Jun 2002
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I've been wondering this for quite a while lately. How is smoking viewed in Japan? I was browsing http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=popvox&id=270, and it seems that in Japan, children/teens aren't taught the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco as well as they are in America. If you view the first comment made by Hoshio Koizumi, he states, "I don't think underage drinking is a problem. However, I don't think we should smoke until we're over 20 since smoking is harmful to younger people." Smoking isn't just bad for younger people. It isn't nice for everyone. Asuka Okamoto claims, "I don't want to see any regulations because I have been smoking and drinking since I was a teenager. My friends actually got me started on drink and tobacco. I had no trouble at all, buying them from vending machines and even convenience stores. Shop assistants never asked me once if I was underage. I can see the point of view of those who wish to check the age of the person buying alcohol or cigarettes, but it will definitely bother adults as well." This gives the impression that in Japan, laws about underage smoking are easily ignored, and offenders aren't punished severely enough. Are there any anti-smoking campaigns out there? This looks to be a serious problem in Japan that something needs to be done about.