What Is Accounting for the Rapid Decline in Cigarette Sales in Japan?
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3570; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103570
Received: 20 March 2020 / Revised: 11 May 2020 / Accepted: 16 May 2020 / Published: 20 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Japan: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Tobacco Control Policies and the Use of Heated Tobacco Products)
This study describes how trends in the sale of cigarettes in Japan between 2011 and 2019 correspond to the sales of heated tobacco products (HTPs) that were introduced into the Japanese market in late 2015. Data used for this study come from the Tobacco Institute of Japan and Philip Morris International. The findings show that the accelerated decline in cigarette only sales in Japan since 2016 corresponds to the introduction and growth in the sales of HTPs.