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bambbbam2

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Someone told me that last time they travelled on JAL, every man and his dog was puffing away, and they couldn't breathe..

Anyone know if this is still the case, enough to put me off if it is true..
 

geoffb78

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I last travelled with Japan Airlines in 2003 and I can assure you, no-one was smoking. I'm not sure how many airlines still permit smoking but I am quite certain JAL isn't one of them. I have to say though, that the JAL menu didn't do much for me last time. Couldn't say whether anything has changed since 2003.
 

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I am fairly certain that Australian Government regulations prohibit smoking on all commercial flights to and from (and within of course) Australia. So any commercial airline flight, including JAL, to/from Australia will be smoke free.
 

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JAL prohibits smoking on all their domestic/ international flights. Can't remember when this started, though it was at least 3 years ago. Therefore rest assured there is no lingering smoking smell in any of their planes, unlike many "non-smoking" hotel rooms in Japan.
 

AlwaysUpThere

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As a (possibly) interesting anecdote...JAL has operated non-smoking flights where a destination country's legislation prohibited it, but allowed smoking when they could until about 5 years ago when the banned it completely.

However, because of the possible effects of nicotine withdrawal on its pilots, smoking was still allowed in the cockpit for some time thereafter...
 

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AlwaysUpThere said:
smoking was still allowed in the cockpit for some time thereafter...
Although this may seem unbelievable to some, you need to remember that smoking is still permitted in Japan in restaurants, bars, government buildings, offices and hospitals. Smoking was only banned this year from (underground) subway stations, while designated smoking areas remain at train stations and on platforms.

Maybe a coincidence but a few senior politicians here have significant equity/ investments in the domestic tobacco industry :roll: .
 

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BlacKnox said:
AlwaysUpThere said:
smoking was still allowed in the cockpit for some time thereafter...
"a few senior politicians here have significant equity/ investments in the domestic tobacco industry" :roll: .
Take a look at who owns Japan Tobacco and all will be revealed... Doesn't the government control this company and therefore the entire industry there? That's why the tax is comparitively low...hence a 20 pack of Mild Seven costs around JPY270.
 
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