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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Change in Cigarette Vending Machine Law

たばこ自動販売機

From March to July this year smart cards will be introduced for use of cigarette vending machines across the country.

Cigarette vending machine

Smokers will have to apply for an age-verification card to purchase cigarettes from Japan's estimated 520,000 cigarette vending machines.

To apply for the new IC smart card, smokers will need to send in a passport size photograph and a copy of a document showing the applicants age, such as a driving license.

Taspo card slot

The application card, which is free of charge, can be obtained from shops selling tobacco, convenience stores or downloaded from the taspo website.

The new regulations are a move to cut under-age smoking. People in Japan are legally able to smoke from 20 years of age.

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