Smoking prevalence falls in Japan

Japan’s Health Labor and Welfare Ministry has reported that male smoking prevalence is now below 30% for the first time. Smoking prevalence for men fell from 31.1% in 2016 to 28.8% in 2019, and for women smoking prevalence fell from 10.2% in 2016 to 8.3% in 2019. The ministry’s National Livelihood Survey showed the greatest reductions among smokers in their 20s. Male smoking prevalence in Japan was over 48% in 2001.