A recent survey conducted among Japanese dental school students revealed that 62% of men training to become dentists are also regular smokers. Wow! You’d think that dentists wouldn’t smoke because of all that hype about how it stains your teeth, etc., right? Perhaps even more surprising, half of all men in their 20s overall smoke. That’s a lot. For women, the numbers are a little lowers, but 35% of female dentistry students are smokers, too.
If you’ve been to Tokyo, you know that restaurants and cafes and night clubs are all very very smoky. Ironically, more and more of Tokyo’s wards are banning smoking on the streets (more for environmental than health reasons), so you’re more likely to pop into a restaurant to smoke than the other way around.