Osaka’s Quit-Smoking Program a Surprise Hit in Corona Outbreak

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OSAKA (Kyodo) — With many smokers reconsidering a habit that seems more dangerous than ever as the coronavirus pandemic rages, an app promoted by a city in western Japan last year may be the way forward for those ready to quit.

Toyonaka in Osaka Prefecture, which launched the program last year, has seen a roughly threefold increase in users since the pandemic began.

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