Only a minority want smoking banned in cafes

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Japan is still very much a smoker’s paradise despite being outnumbered by non-smokers, as this survey from Nifty into smoking revealed.

Demographics

Between the 24th and 30th of January 2014 5,098 members of the Nifty monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

You can even get tobacco tea from a vending machine in Japan:

In Q6, banning smoking on pavements (sidewalks for my American readers) illustrates the strength of JT, Japan Tobacco, and its advertising, which has convinced the public that despite Q5 showing that most people are aware of the health issues, impoliteness and the risk of poking children in the eye outweighs taking said children into a smoky cafe and puffing away; as many a foreigner says, Japan must be the only country where it is often easier to smoke inside than outside. Next, banning smoking in bullet trains would be low-priority for me, as on the main Tokyo-Osaka run all the newer trains are non-smoking, but have a smoking room, which I actually think is worse. With a distinct smoking car, it is easy to avoid; with a room, if you happen to get a seat nearby and beside a smoker, their fumes after their visits will be pretty obnoxious.

Where I’d like to see smoking banned is parliament; then I will know that the government is really serious about tackling the issue.

Research results

The first question, and perhaps the most significant question is unfortunately the hardest to report on, as they chose not to add percentages to the bar graph, and although the data was split by age bands, it was not split by the sexes.

Currently, about 14% of those aged 39 years old or younger currently smoked, 25% of those in their forties did, 29% of those in their fifties, and 22% of those aged sixty or older. Whether the lower figure for under forties indicates a significant number rejecting smoking, or just something as simple as a larger percentage of females in the sample (other data suggests that men outnumber female smokers 2:1), I do not know. Regarding those who had never smoked, nearly 70% of the 39 and under group said they were, as had 48% of those in their forties, 37% of those in their fifties, and just 24% of those aged sixty or older.

Furthermore, the report also says that about three in ten males in the sample had never smoked, whereas about seven in ten females had never.

Q2: On average about how many cigarettes do you smoke per day? (Sample size=smokers, 24% of 5,098)

 MaleFemale
Less than one1%2%
One0%1%
Two or three2%3%
Four or five4%9%
Six to ten17%24%
Eleven to fifteen19%22%
Sixteen to twenty33%27%
Twenty-one or more24%12%

Q3 was another unlabelled graph of why people quit smoking, split into the four age bands seen above. The top reason was for health or maintaining physical strength, with about 20% of those under 60 choosing that reason, whereas 35% of the over sixties did. Additionally, another 22% quit due to becoming ill, then 18% quit due to tax hikes, and around 15% just to save money.

Q4: What are the merits of smoking? Non-smokers, answer what you think they might be. (Sample size=5,098, multiple answer)

 MaleFemale
Cheers one up46%26%
Relaxing30%18%
Relieves stress24%21%
Easy to take breaks22%13%
Communication with fellow smokers22%14%
Taxes contribute to the country17%19%
Something to do while waiting18%9%
Don’t get bothered by silence when smoking10%8%
Contribute to the tobacco industry7%11%
Good flavour, taste of tobacco8%4%
Good for diet4%5%
Can enjoy as a hobby5%3%
Good for the brain3%1%
Looks cool to smoke2%4%
Other3%4%
Nothing in particular23%33%

For Q5, people were asked about the demerits of smoking, and the results were presented split between smokers, ex-smokers and the never smoked. 64% of smokers and 76% of the rest labelled the raised risk of cancer, lung disease, etc as the biggest minus, then 50% of smokers, 72% of ex-smokers and 80% who had never smoked the possibility of negative health effects in others from second-hand smoke. 76% of smokers and 58% of the rest said money was a demerit and 50% of smokers and around 70% of the rest highlighted rooms smelling of cigarettes or walls turning yellow.

Q6: Where would you like to see becoming all non-smoking? (Sample size=5,098, multiple answer)

 MaleFemale
Pavements65%79%
Bullet trains53%63%
Restaurants53%63%
All of my own home51%61%
Offices48%57%
Hotel rooms47%58%
Vehicles47%54%
Railway stations43%50%
Cafes40%53%
My own room38%49%
Theme parks34%44%
Public parks34%39%
Pubs30%31%
Karaoke boxes26%33%
Other4%4%
Nowhere in particular13%5%

Q7: When choosing a restaurant, etc that has separate smoking and non-smoking seats, which of the following do you usually choose? (Sample size=5,098, multiple answer)

Non-smoking, and won’t take smoking if non-smoking full57%
Non-smoking, but will take smoking if non-smoking full18%
Smoking, and won’t take non-smoking if smoking full7%
Smoking, but will take non-smoking if smoking full6%
Will take anything10%
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  1. lolipedofin said,
    May 16, 2014 @ 19:11

    Anti smoking measures sometimes is way too ridiculous… to the point that it vilified smokers. Guys, hate the cigarettes, not the smokers.

    Isn’t it within our right to smoke? I know full well that smoking is a stupid habit and harmful, and would bleed my vein if it can ensure that any future children I might have can stay out of cigarette smoke for their whole life.

    But as thing stood, I am somewhat addicted, enjoys smoking, and has yet to have any plan to quit within the next 2 years. So what? I can no longer enjoys smoking indoor in a cafe while sipping coffee, working on a laptop on a weekend?? Because that is my favorite way to lounge around…. I hated it when I live in Singapore and they had to completely ban smoking from any indoor establishments, even if the cafeowner is willing to create a smoking section which is fully entrenched from the non-smoking section… This is honestly half the reason why I love to spend time in the casino, the only public place in Singapore where smoking is allowed indoor.

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