33% price rise, but only 8% quit smoking

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Did you quit or cut down smoking after the price rise? graph of japanese statisticsAfter looking at if people who quit stayed smoke-free due to the recent massive tax hike, here we have iShare looking at the overall population to see who quit smoking due to the price rise. As most people predicted, the long-overdue price rise wasn’t matched by a similar reduction in smoking rates.

Demographics

Between the 4th and 8th of November 2010 661 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.1% of the sample were male, 25.6% in their twenties, 33.4% in their thirties, and 41.0% in their forties.

One slight problem with the data here is that the smoking population at 21.3% of men and 8.3% of women is about half of the usually-accepted figures, although I don’t know why this sample would differ from the general population.
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Three in five quitters still smoke-free after a month

When do you most want to smoke? graph of japanese statisticsWith the rise in cigarette prices of approximately 100 yen per pack of twenty, adding roughly a third onto the price of the average brand, many smokers took this as an opportunity to quit. This recent survey from Macromill Research doesn’t look at what percentage quit, but instead focuses on how the quitters are coping.

Demographics

Over the 1st and 2nd of November 2010 500 members of the Macromill monitor group who had resolved to stop smoking following the tobacco price rise in October completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 68.4% were male, 12.8% in their twenties, 33.2% in their thirties, 31.8% in their forties, and 22.2% aged fifty or older.

I suppose it’s a good sign that at least some people are quitting, although looking at Q1 and from tales from smokers, relapses can happen at unexpected times, so after a month free from smoking one cannot really say one has kicked the habit. Furthermore, with the end of year party season coming up, thus placing the quitters around people smoking and around drink, the second and third greatest temptations according to Q3SQ1, the risk of relapse will be pretty high, I fear.
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Yet more on Japanese smokers

About how many cigarettes do you smoke per day? graph of japanese statisticsSecond only to teeth, smoking is one of my favourite subjects to cover on this blog, so I hope you too enjoy this recent survey from MyVoice on this very subject.

Demographics

Over the first five days of October 2008 14,473 members of the MyVoice internet community completed a private online questionnaire. 54% of the sample were female, 14% in their twenties, 38% in their thirties, 30% in their forties, and 18% aged fifty or older. Note that since the legal smoking age is 20 years old in Japan, no teenagers took part in this survey.

Note that taspo is an identity card that is needed in order to operate most cigarette machines to serve as proof that the person is holding a card issued to someone over 20.
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Taspo killing cigarette vending machines

Will taspo affect under-age smoking rate? graph of japanese statisticsWith the nationwide introduction of taspo, Tobacco pASsPOrt – a proof of age certificate (well, proof that someone over twenty applied for the card) – now complete, DIMSDRIVE Research took their second look at taspo. The first look at taspo by DIMSDRIVE was back in May.

Demographics

Between the 8th and 14th of August 2008 7,381 members of the DIMSDRIVE Research monitor group completed a members-only internet-based questionnaire. 52.3% of the sample were female, 1.1% in their teens, 13.5% in their twenties, 33.5% in their thirties, 30.6% in their forties, 14.6% in their fifties, and 6.7% aged sixty or older.

One obvious effect of taspo is that half as many smokers are now using cigarette vending machines, which must be a serious financial blow to people who have them outside their shops.

At a slight tangent, but my office sells ciggies by the case, and last week they started a promotion with a free gift per pack of 200, with the clip art reading “Thank you father”. Monday the 15th of September is Respect for the Aged Day, so I suspect they are promoting killing your parents with cancer kindness.
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Taspo awareness high, expectations low

Will you apply for a taspo card? graph of japanese statisticsWith the new taspo (short for tobacco passport) system gradually being introduced across Japan, this recent survey from DIMSDRIVE Research Inc into taspo sheds some light on what may be in store.

Demographics

Between the 2nd and 10th of April 2008 6,727 members of the DIMSDRIVE monitor group successfully completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.1% of the sample was female, 1.2% in their teens, 17.2% in their twenties, 35.9% in their thirties, 27.3% in their forties, 13.2% in their fifties, and 5.2% aged sixty or older. 59 people, or 0.9%, lived in the two trial prefectures where the taspo system has gone live, namely Miyazaki and Kagoshima.

The taspo card has two functions; one is as a proof of age card, the other is electronic cash. However, the electronic cash system is completely incompatible with all other systems, and none of the questions in this survey asked about this feature.

In Q6 you can see most people think there will be little or no effect on under-age smoking due to the introduction of the card. There’s a million and one other cheaper ways that smoking could be reduced in Japan, with forcing Japan Tobacco out of self-denial being high up on the list. As a quick translation, they say (a) that smoking is just one factor combined with environment, stress, eating habits, genetics, exercise, etc and (b) cancer only develops in mice when you attach the equivalent of thousands or tens of thousands of ciggies-worth of tar to their skin. Go to any of the privately-owned brewers’ web sites and there’s a message on the front page about under-age drinking and not drinking when pregnant or nursing. On the other hand, see if you can find the health (dis)information on JT’s Smokers Style site, without cheating and using the site map link.
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