In a move that's sure to annoy
tobacco-lovers nationwide, especially underage ones, Japan has announced that the country's 620,000 cigarette vending
machines will be replaced in 2008 with models that require an RFID-embedded age-verification card to release their
delicious-but-deadly wares. This won't have much of an impact for those who buy their smokes by the carton or
over-the-counter, but if a tobacco jones hits you while you're jammin' at the karaoke bar, you'd better be sporting
your "smoker's card" (which, conveniently, can also be used to pay for your habit) . We're not really sure
how effective this system is going to be, though, as it probably won't be all that difficult for kids to buy one of
these exclusive cards from some shady non-smoking adult.