ITC Project


Japan ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on June 8, 2004. Despite having a comprehensive chronic disease prevention strategy, Japan has weak tobacco control policies in the area of smoke-free places, health warnings, mass media campaigns, and adversiting, while it has relatively stronger tobacco control policies on taxation and cessation programs. Japan's situation with respect to smoke-free laws is particularly unique; Japan may be the only country in which smokers are allowed to smoke indoors, but not outdoors. This research aims to examine the effects of Japan's unique tobacco control policies on tobacco-use behaviours and perceptions, and will also examine Japan's upcoming national smoke-free law promised for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.



Survey Overview

Survey Mode: Web Survey

Survey Dates
Sample Size
February 2 to March 2, 2018
3,000 smokers, 200 HNB users, 450 cigarette/HNB dual users, and 600 non-users*
* Target sample sizes


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Partner Institutions

Janine Ouimet, Project Manager             
Anne Quah, Research Scientist – Country Project Management
Itsuro Yoshimi, Principal Investigator  
Yumiko Mochizuki-Kobayashi, Co-Investigator