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Japanese Cigarette Manners

JT or Japan Tobacco has been trying to win over the community by promoting a message of “Smoking Manners”. You can see the posters on the train, at the station and in these ashtray info-ads.

Looks like the guy who chucked his cigar in here was going for the 'incinerator' option. Bring on the hose ^^
Looks like the guy who chucked his cigar in here was going for the 'incinerator' option. Bring on the hose ^^

Some of the stuff they think up to convince people its ok to smoke as long as you mind your manners can be quite funny, but it is sad to think that the health effects of smoking take a back seat in the campaign.

Reminds me of the kid from Jerry McGuire
Reminds me of the kid from Jerry McGuire

Ray: D’you know that the human head weighs 8 pounds?
Jerry Maguire: Did you know that Troy Aikman, in only six years, has passed for 16,303 yards?
Ray: D’you know that bees and dogs can smell fear?
Jerry Maguire: Did you know that the career record for hits is 4,256 by Pete Rose who is NOT in the Hall of Fame?
Ray: D’you know that my next door neighbor has three rabbits?
Jerry Maguire: I… I can’t compete with that!

If my home looked like this ashtray I would probably wish there was smoke billowing from it too
If my home looked like this ashtray I would probably wish there was smoke billowing from it too

Here is another sign about dogs and cigarettes courtesy of, and you can see 73 of these ads nicely arranged at

Do you have ads or posters for “Smoking Manners” in your part of town?

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rrabano September 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I think even though it is proven that smoking is bad for your. Their are people who still want to smoke. Government is good to notice this and have sites for smokers to smoke their cigarette being considerate for none-smoking citizens.

Consider if smoking is ban in the world. We would leave a healthier life. But for those people working and selling smoking products. It would mean losing their jobs. Without jobs, they’ll lose their home. Without jobs the Government can’t collect taxes for other services. People who are sick ‘coz of smoking will get sicker because they don’t have money or insurance to pay for the medical bill. This will trigger a chain reaction to other services. Like restaurant businesses, Bars, even people in the Car and Banking industry. No good ans.

shibuya246 October 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

Japan Tobacco is still mostly owned by the Government so they are getting profits and taxes. I’m sure many people would like to own a business where you can charge people twice 😉

whipcracker October 1, 2009 at 12:18 am

RT @Shibuya246: Japanese Cigarette Manners, Japan Living | Shibuya246 Another funny Japanese mannerism.
I also agree with rrabanos stmt. smoking is bad for the health, and I smoke also=bad. Then you would have to find jobs for all the people put out a job. Around here they don’t go to the lengths of that kind of signs. They just put the ashtrays outside the building. Or have designated places to smoke, and you have to be 20ft. away from the enterance of the building.

shibuya246 October 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

Maybe you need some amusing signs for the designated places as well 🙂 keep everyone happy

Steve October 2, 2009 at 11:55 am

Recently, a study was done in the UK and America that found by banning smoking in public places the heart attack rate in the UK has dropped 26% and 17% in America. Can anyone guess what the number one cause of death in Japan is? Yep, heart attacks!

As a non-smoker I’m very disappointed in Japan when it comes to the lack of smoke free areas. Even in the non-smoking sections of most restaurants most of the time there is no barrier between the smoking section and you end up breathing cigarette smoke. In the downtown area of Nagoya where I live it is supposed to be a smoke free zone, but many smokers ignore this. Since no one enforces the smoking ban (other than me) the Sakae area is just as smoke filled as anywhere else in Nagoya.

If the Japanese government is really serious about doing something then they need to be aggressively fining people who break the law.

Also, instead of stick man cartoons showing smokers how rude they are why not put pictures of diseased lungs, hearts, cancer patients, ect on the subways and say, “If you smoke it is highly likely this is what will happen to you and those around you!”


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