Friday, January 11, 2008

Culteral Differences to Look Forward To.

Smoking is still rather popular in Japan. Where most of the Western World has imposed no public smoking laws and huge taxes on cigarettes to discourage new users, Japan is still cheap and accommodating.

The voices are starting to rise though and anti-smoking campaigns are gaining popularity. But, in typical Japanese, it's a bit weird. Here's some ad counter-ad.

UK: smoking3
Japan: manners24

UK: hooked
Japan: manners25

UK: cigarette_penis_2
Japan: manners39

And then, there's this...


NWJR said...

I personally know of a bar owner who spent over $10,000 on a government-mandated ventilation system mere months before a government-mandated smoking ban went into effect.

It should be up to the individual and the business owner to allow or disallow a legal activity. If you don't like the smoking bar, stay home or go somewhere else. But no--busybodies rule the day.

To the busybodies: Someday they'll come after something that matters to YOU. By then, it will be too late.

Lyvvie said...

I used to smoke. A lot. But just gave it up one day and haven't bothered picking it up far. I'm not saying I'll never smoke again, but for now I just don't want to. However, I absolutely hate going out, dressed nice and coming home stinking of cigarettes. I don't like having foul smoke blown in my face, or choking up the room I'm in - especially in restaurants! I'm not some busybody, but I fully support the ban on smoking in public. I always vote yes for a higher tax on tobacco and would like to see it regulated to extremes to remove harmful, addictive ADDITIVE chemicals put into cigarettes. Nicotine is one thing, but the shit they roll into cigarettes is fucking scary.

I'm not a "born again" reformed, anti smoking Nazi type. But I like having the taint of smoking removed from society; slowly, bit by bit. first went the commercials, then the magazine ads and now smoking in public. Plus, it removes the temptation to start up again. It's much easier to remain a quitter when temptation isn't dangled and plastered everywhere you look.

Anyways, the point of the post was to show how anti-smoking is approached in different cultures. Japan being a culture where proper manners and preventing offense is top priority vs the hit you where it hurts straightforwardness of western culture.

RoxRocks said...

My MIL is in the hospital fighting for her life. She's smoked for thirty plus years. Smoking doesn't just affect the people who smoke, it affects everyone around them.

I smoked for 18 years. I'm so relieved that the bars and all public places in Alberta have gone smoke-free. If it helps one person stay away from smoking, then it's worth it.

Ree said...

I love the diagrams. Especially the last one. Complete with how much time it takes!

Lyvvie said...
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Sarah said...

I love these.
*boing eyes*

Crystal* said...

That first UK photo is a little phallic. I'm rather turned on.
Some of the rest are brutal.
still hooked on the phallic picture.

Maja said...

They banned smoking in pubs and clubs in Western Australia about a year ago and I've noticed that there are a lot less people smoking in public these days now. I've been in an outdoor area of a pub where there were probably 200 people and I couldn't see one person smoking. The smoking ban stops all those casual smokers (who only smoke when they drink) from feeling the urge to light up.

I can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke, but I still bum a cigarette off someone every now and then. Trying not to.

My grandmother smoked for 55 years. She's nearly blind now as a result of the smoking.

Lyvvie said...

Chrys, remember those Ms. magazines that showed sexually sneaky pictures and you had to "Find The Penis!" or other overtly discriminating photos?? they'd have loved the flying penis bullet.