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Tuesday, 12th June 2012
In General Japan News,

Japan government sets 12% smoking target

In its ongoing fight to cut the number of smokers in the country, the Japanese government has given its approval to a 12 per cent target rate for the adult population.

Following a Cabinet meeting on Friday, the decision marks a significant breakthrough in the country's fight against smoking as many previous attempts to set a target have failed, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

According to Statistics Japan, 39.7 per cent of Japanese males smoke, compared to just 12.7 per cent of females.

Concern for the effects of passive smoking are helping to drive the anti-smoking message in Japan, where a 57-year-old widow is suing her husband's former employer after he dies of lung cancer from suspected passive smoking in the workplace.

Mitsuki Okamoto, a lawyer representing the woman and a board member of the Japan Society for Tobacco Control, told the news provider that setting a specific target is a good move, but more needs to be done about the danger of passive smoking.

"The government must work to prevent passive smoking and help victims," he said.

Written by Graham McPherson