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  • Monday, March 30, 2020
  • Japan’s ban on smoking inside restaurants and bars takes effect this week

  • People will no longer be allowed to smoke in most restaurants and bars in Japan starting Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

    The ban, which includes heated tobacco like cigarettes and cigars but not e-cigarettes, protects people “who want to avoid getting exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke,” according to a health ministry document explaining the law.

    It’s part of a revised Health Promotion Law passed in 2018. [...]

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Smoking Rates in Japan Blamed on Lack of Images on Cigarette Pack Warnings and Partial Smoke-Free Laws

  • The tobacco control policies of Japan, the world's ninth largest cigarette market and host of the 2020 Olympics, are not working, according to new studies from researchers at the University of Waterloo. The two studies were part of the Waterloo-based International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) and involved a survey of 3,800 smokers in Japan. Waterloo researchers collaborated with researchers in Japan on both studies, which are the first national-level evaluations of Japan's efforts to reduce smoking. The first study, led by Janet Chung-Hall of the ITC project, found that only 30 percent of Japanese smokers (...)

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • State of Smoking in Japan

  • The State of Smoking is designed to provide a snapshot of progress, challenges, and circumstances facing smokers as they struggle to quit and as we work to end smoking worldwide. We’ve examined the tobacco control environment, trends, and key data points in 13 countries and provided profiles for each (9 are also translated into native languages). We hope that the State of Smoking provides useful information to all those interested in smoking cessation, harm reduction, and ultimately ending smoking worldwide within our generation.

  • Friday, April 03, 2020

  • As new data and studies are emerging on the SARS-CoV-2, we will be  constantly upgrading technical information. The present upgrade incorporates information on (1) more recent misinformation (Bloomberg News),  (2) new data on COVID-19 vs smoking and (3) more information on environmental vapor

  • Friday, April 03, 2020
  • Science In Crisis | Precipitous fall from Climate, to Vaping to COVID19 | RegWatch (Live)

  • Marc Morano is quite simply the world’s number one climate contrarian, a dogged opponent of hysterical science, and a denier of the prophecies of climate doom. In this episode of RegWatch, Morano joins to discuss the crisis in science that many have recognized with regard to vaping and are now becoming aware of due to the disastrous, catastrophic, overreaction to COVID19 by the scientific community and public health agencies the world over.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020

  • A good reference reviewing the available evidence on the relation between smoking, vaping and COVID-
    19 is the article written by Farsalinos, Barbouni and Nyaura [10] (see also the professional blog entry of

    Farsalinos [11]). The authors conclude after reviewing the data from five studies on patients infected by
    SARS-CoV-2 that the relation between smoking cigarettes and the severity of COVID-19 in infected
    Chinese patients is uncertain and even protective (bearing in mind that 52.1% of Chinese men smoke
    whereas only 2.7% of women do).