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70% of Japanese adults favor banning cigarette machines: survey

A cigarette vending machine. (Mainichi)

Nearly 70 percent of Japanese adults believe cigarette vending machines should be banned, according to National Cancer Center Japan (NCC) survey results released on May 31, the World Health Organization's World No Tobacco Day.

The online survey was conducted in May, and received responses from 2,000 people. The replies were weighted to reflect the real-world ratio of smokers versus non-smokers in Japanese society.

Some 68.3 percent of respondents said that cigarette machines "should be banned" or, "given the choice, should be banned."

"Vending machines have the same effect as an advertisement," said NCC researcher Tomoyasu Hirano. "We would like to see anti-smoking measures put into place."

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