Japan Tobacco - annual survey, smoking incidence continues to fall..

August 11, 2010 - Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) today, August 11th announced the results of its Japan Smoking Rate Survey, a study that has been carried out annually since 1965.

2009 - Japan Tobacco, Inc, annual survey finds 24.9% adults smoke..;

2008 - Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI) results of its Japan Smoking Rate Survey..
The survey, conducted in May 2010, showed that 23.9 percent of Japanese adults are smokers. The incidence of smoking in Japan dropped by one percentage point between 2009, when 24.9 per cent of the country’s adult population comprised smokers, and this year, by when that figure had fallen to 23.9 per cent.

The incidence of smoking among adult men this year, at 36.6 per cent, was down by 2.3 percentage points, while the incidence of smoking among adult women, at 12.6 per cent, was up by 0.2 of a percentage point.

Using population figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ Statistics Bureau, the above figures indicate that Japan has 24.95 million smokers, down from 26.01 million last year. Of this year’s total figure, 18.40 million would be men and 6.55 million women, while last year’s total figure would have comprised 19.57 million men and 6.44 million women.

JT says the decrease in the smoking rate in Japan between 2009 and 2010 was a continuation of the trend of recent previous years. It attributed the decrease to various factors, including the aging of Japan’s society, increasing health consciousness, more stringent smoking regulations, and anticipation of major retail price increases in October that will be necessary mainly because of a planned tobacco excise tax hike. In presenting the results of the survey, JT said it would continue its efforts to help build a society in which smokers and non-smokers could co-exist in harmony.

See first reference for survey press release with tables and access to previous years surveys.

References: JT's Annual Survey Finds 23.9 percent of Japanese Adults Are Smokers, Press Release, Japan Tobacco Inc., 8/11/2010; Japan’s smoking incidence continues to fall, Tobacco Reporter, 8/11/2010.

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