Smoking, second-hand smoke and bans in Japan

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Do you like the smell of cigarette smoke? graph of japanese statisticsYet another positive noise that the Democratic Party of Japan have made since coming into power is the discussion of a smoking ban to prevent second-hand smoking, a topic that was the subject of this recent survey from iShare. Like many other of the DPJ’s proposals, however, this is a rather half-baked idea that doesn’t at the moment have any fines proposed for non-compliance, and a lack of joined-up government has seen talk of punative cigarette tax shelved.

Demographics

Between the 18th and 23rd of February 2010 411 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.5% of the sample were male, 28.7% in their twenties, 32.6% in their thirties, and 38.7% in their forties.

Quite frankly, I find the smoking rates hard to believe. The usual figures I hear quoted are a little over 30% of men and 10% of women, yet here we have 23% and 12%, yet 19% male quitters and an incredible 18% female quitters!

I think there’s only one restaurant that I frequent that makes no particular attempt to separate smokers; all the rest are either all non-smoking or at least make a decent attempt to keep the smokers at bay.

Research results

Q1A: Do you smoke? (Sample size=411)

 AllMale
N=220
Female
N=191
Frequently13.9%18.6%8.4%
Occasionally3.9%4.1%3.7%
Used to, but quit18.5%19.1%17.8%
No, never63.7%58.2%70.2%

Q1B: Do you smoke? (Sample size=411)

 AllTwenties
N=118
Thirties
N=134
Forties
N=159
Frequently13.9%5.9%12.7%20.8%
Occasionally3.9%4.2%3.7%3.8%
Used to, but quit18.5%8.5%20.1%24.5%
No, never63.7%81.4%63.4%50.9%

Q2: Do you like the smell of cigarette smoke? (Sample size=411)

 AllMale
N=220
Female
N=191
Love it1.2%1.4%1.0%
Like it6.3%8.2%4.2%
Dislike it27.7%30.5%24.6%
Hate it64.7%60.0%70.2%

For some reason they didn’t break down the results by smoking frequency.

Q3: Do you encounter second-hand smoke in your daily life? (Sample size=411)

 AllMale
N=220
Female
N=191
Frequently28.7%32.3%24.6%
Sometimes59.4%57.3%61.8%
Never11.9%10.5%13.6%

Q4: Have you ever felt the smell of smoke or otherwise felt that there was not a clear separation between sections when using a non-smoking section in a restaurant, etc? (Sample size=411)

 AllMale
N=220
Female
N=191
Yes77.4%73.6%81.7%
No22.6%26.4%18.3%

Even 61.4% of the the smokers have found the non-smoking sections ineffective!

Q5A: Currently, to prevent second-hand smoke, the government is recommending that workplaces, eating places, hotels, etc go basically non-smoking and only provide closed-off smoking areas to prevent leakage of smoke. Do you agree that workplaces, eating places, hotels, etc should go all non-smoking? (Sample size=411)

 AllMale
N=220
Female
N=191
Totally agree56.4%52.3%61.3%
Agree to some extent20.4%20.5%20.4%
Disagree to some extent12.7%12.7%12.6%
Totally disagree10.5%14.5%5.8%

Q5B: Currently, to prevent second-hand smoke, the government is recommending that workplaces, eating places, hotels, etc go basically non-smoking and only provide closed-off smoking areas to prevent leakage of smoke. Do you agree that workplaces, eating places, hotels, etc should go all non-smoking? (Sample size=411)

 Frequent smoker
N=57
Infrequent smoker
N=16
Ex-smoker
N=76
Never smoked
N=262
Totally agree5.3%31.3%64.5%66.8%
Agree to some extent19.3%18.8%22.4%20.2%
Disagree to some extent24.6%43.8%11.8%8.4%
Totally disagree50.9%6.3%1.3%4.6%
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1 Comment »

  1. samuel welsh said,
    May 16, 2011 @ 21:57

    well lets ban it

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