PluggedIn: Phone tech targets teen smokers, drunk drivers

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By Aiko Wakao TOKYO, March 30 (Reuters) - Wireless technology is taking aim at Japan's lawbreakers. By the end of 2008, more than 600,000 cigarette vending machines across Japan -- where most teenagers get their smokes -- will be installed with an electronic age-verification device. This will be a tough change for underage smokers in Japan, who have been purchasing 300-yen cigarette packs on their way to school as readily as buying a can of soda. According to a government survey of ...

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