Smoke Free for 365 Days

July 1st marks one year since I put out my last cigarette, so on this fine occasion I thought I’d interview myself about life after smoking. Were you a heavy smoker? Not really. I smoked a pack a day for about ten years, but the later years were spent puffing on those incredibly light 1mg menthol things. Why did you quit smoking? Good question. It wasn’t for health or financial […]

ID Cards Needed for Cigarette Machines

If you are in Japan, you have probably already seen the bright yellow notices plastered all over the country’s cigarette vending machines. At first, I thought it was some fancy advertising campaign, but instead, they are announcing the launch of “taspo”, an ID card embedded with an IC (integrated circuit) chip containing information proving the owner is at least 20 years old (the legal age for purchasing cigarettes). What does […]

The Japanese might live forever!

We all know that the Japanese have one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Peter McGarry suggests that a combination of the right diet and lifestyle is the reason why the Japanese live so long, listing things such as fish, soybeans, wheat and walking as important factors. However, in a country which has one of the highest rates of tobacco consumption, it is still an amazing statistic. One […]