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Newswire : Up in smoke

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Increasing rates of heart disease and lung cancer in Japan have forced the government to appoint a panel of experts to study the carcinogenic effects and addictiveness of cigarettes. Yumiko Mochizuki, a technical specialist at the Ministry of Health and Welfare, says these issues have already been investigated in other countries. “But some of the panel members have been appointed by the Ministry of Finance and they may not agree with the data. We have to convince them.” The finance ministry currently takes around 1 billion yen (£5 million) each year in tobacco taxes. But health officials say that the costs of smoking, including lost income,