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2013年9月 2日 月曜日

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都筑区 センター北 井上歯科クリニック 院長 井上です。

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A: So, Dr. Toshihiro, where did you go on your Obon holiday?

B: Actually, I attended a conference in Makuhari Messe over the Obon holiday. It was a conference about Tobacco control, so I spent 4 days there attending lectures and learning about different ways that countries control tobacco all over the world.

A: Well, I've heard that the Japanese government is very soft on Tobacco. It is such a big industry here, so they don't want to disturb it. Is that right?

B: Yes, that's right. I read recently about American and Japanese companies battling for the top position as the world's biggest tobacco company. I think that would be a big shame on Japan if we were to  win.

A: So, what kind of things did you learn at this conference?

B: Well I learnt that Tobacco kills about 6 million people every year, the WHO has said it is the most preventable cause of death in the world!

A: That's horrible. Does the WHO have a plan to combat Tobacco use?

B: Well, I learned of some control measures that they want to put in place called MPOWER. It stands for monitoring tobacco use, protecting people from smoke, offering help to quit smoking, warning people about the perils of tobacco, enforcing bans on advertising & raising taxes on tobacco.

A: That sounds like a solid plan. So, will Japan use this system in the future?

B: No. Unfortunately, a lot of Japanese politicians and also the Ministry of Finance are very close with the Tobacco industry. Right now, our Government is only thinking about making more money through taxes, not stopping people smoking.


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