Joey Dulay, president of the Philippine Electronic Cigarette Industry Association, said the 2018 Smoking Status Survey commissioned by the World Smokefree Foundation shows that in recent years, with the heating of tobacco products entering the market, the decline in smoking rates has accelerated in Japan. In 2005, 49% of men and 14% of women in Japan smoked cigarettes. In the past 10 years, the country’s smoking rate has dropped to 18.2% of the total population.
Dulay pointed out that in other countries where tobacco and steam smoke products are heated or where e-cigarettes enter, the decline in smoking rates is also evident. Heating tobacco products only heats the tobacco, but it does not burn, so the levels of harmful chemicals produced are significantly lower than those of flammable cigarette smoke.
The survey also showed that Japan’s heating tobacco products are becoming increasingly popular, partly because people are increasingly aware of the health risks associated with smoking, the high cost of traditional tobacco products, and the desire of Japanese smokers for cleanliness.
"In the past 18 months, almost all consumer products used in Japan have been falling at the fastest rate - flammable cigarettes have fallen by 18% to 0%," said Foundation Chairman Derek Yach.
The survey involved more than 17,000 adult smokers, quitters and non-smokers in 13 countries in Brazil, France, Greece, Israel, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malawi, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
"The data from the Smoking Status Survey can help decision makers in different countries to promote better scientific and tobacco control campaigns and eventually achieve better regulation," said Yach.
Steam smoke users in the Philippines hope that the country’s smoking rate will decline as rapidly as Japan, allowing the use of standardized tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.