Smoking clearly in the culture

 

Vending machine carrying a wide range of cigarette brands.

I have to say i got a shock when i happened to glance at one of the vending machines along the way. I have always assumed they were packed with food and drinks.

 

A closer look.

Now i am curious about the smoking rate in Japan. Is it higher or lower? If it is on par, that in itself would be quite impressive i will think, given how easily accessible one can get hold of a pack. Is that an age restriction? I wonder how the government ensures that kids don’t get hold of cigarettes from the vending machines…

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