Smoking rates in Japan

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How many cigarettes do you smoke per day? graph of japanese statisticsFollowing up, in a way, on Saturday’s look at the taspo card, let’s look at smoking in Japan, according to a survey conducted by Central Research Services, Inc.

Demographics

2,000 people aged twenty or over were randomly selected to take part in this survey. 1,328 people of those selected took part in face-to-face interviews between the 6th and 9th of June 2008. Further demographic information was not provided. This was the 22nd time the survey has been conducted; the previous ones were in 1978, 1983, and every year since 1987.

Notice in Q1 there has been a slight rise in smoking rates. Unfortunately no historical information is provided for the demographic breakdown, so it’s difficult to see where the rise is coming from – is it more new smokers, or less people quitting? Is the problem under-age smokers getting addicted, or adults choosing to start?

Q4, giving the numbers bothered by smoking, is a bit difficult to interpret, as both smokers and non-smokers answered.

Research results

Q1: Are you a non-smoker? (by year)

YearNon-smoker rate
200472.7%
200571.6%
200671.5%
200773.7%
200871.5%

Q1A: Are you a non-smoker? (Sample size=1,328)

All71.5%
Male57.5%
Female85.7%
Twenties60.4%
Thirties63.8%
Forties67.8%
Fifties67.8%
Sixty or older81.7%

Q2: On average, how many cigarettes do you smoke per day? (Sample size=1,328)

None71.5%
9 or less3.5%
10 to 1912.2%
20 to 299.6%
30 or more3.2%

Q3: Do you want to cut down or quit smoking? (by year)

YearThinking of quittingCut down amount smokedDon’t plan to changeDon’t know
200433.2%22.1%41.9%2.8%
200533.8%24.0%38.1%4.1%
200640.4%24.2%31.5%3.9%
200738.3%23.1%36.3%2.3%
200842.5%23.5%33.0%1.1%

Q3: Do you want to cut down or quit smoking? (by demographic)

 Thinking of quittingCut down amount smokedDon’t plan to changeDon’t know
Male37.5%24.9%36.1%1.4%
Female57.4%19.1%23.4%0.0%
Twenties40.7%23.7%33.9%1.7%
Thirties49.4%20.3%29.1%1.3%
Forties52.3%16.9%30.8%0.0%
Fifties43.0%20.9%34.9%1.2%
Sixty or older30.0%33.3%35.6%1.1%

Q4: Have you felt bothered by other people smoking? (by year)

YearFelt bothered
200467.8%
200566.6%
200666.5%
200769.0%
200863.9%

Q4A: Have you felt bothered by other people smoking? (Sample size=1,328, by demographics)

 YesNo
Male55.5%44.5%
Female72.5%27.5%
Twenties61.1%38.9%
Thirties72.9%27.1%
Forties72.3%27.7%
Fifties61.4%38.6%
Sixty or older58.7%41.3%

Q4SQ: Where have you felt bothered by other people smoking? (those bothered by smoke, multiple answer)

 20082007
Restaurant, cafe50.5%46.4%
On the street31.3%31.3%
Inside station, bus stop25.1%26.0%
Workplace19.1%18.2%
At home12.4%13.7%
Hospital10.7%14.7%
On train9.9%14.7%
School1.9%2.1%
Other6.0%4.9%
Don’t know0.8%0.8%
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