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The etaspof initiative is implemented by the entire tobacco industry in order to prevent under age smoking.

Not only is it our desire as a society to prevent underage smoking, but also it is considered the most important issue for the tobacco industry.

As a part of the initiatives to prevent underage smoking, vending machines with a built-in age verification system for etaspof IC cards were introduced nationwide in July 2008.

In order to use such vending machines, you must a etaspof card holder, which means that you have been through a strict age verification process and have been confirmed you are aged 20 or over.

Cigarettes can only be purchased upon presentation of a etaspof card, at the vanding machines to prove that you are 20 years or older.

It is necessary to apply for a etaspof card.
Application forms are available via this website or can be obtained from your local tobacco retailer.
etaspof cards are issued free of charge and there are no annual fees.

The etaspof campaign is sponsored by the Tobacco Institute of Japan (TIOJ), the National Federation of Tobacco Retail Cooperative Associations, and the JAPAN VENDING SYSTEM MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION (JVMA). We would like to take this opportunity to ask for your understanding and cooperation.

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