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  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • South Korea bans liquid e-cigarettes on army bases

  • The South Korean Army has banned the use and possession of liquid e-cigarettes on its bases for health reasons, the military said on Monday, following a government warning for people to stop using the devices.

    South Korea has a large military of nearly 600,000 soldiers, primarily conscripted men, and the Army makes up the largest portion with 464,000. While the rate is declining, South Korean men are among the heaviest smokers in the world.


  • Monday, November 11, 2019
  • Korean men smoke less, but weigh more

  • The number of male smokers in Korea has halved over the last 20 years, but the obesity rate has significantly risen during the same period, according to a national survey. [...] "The number of smokers has gradually decreased over the past 20 years, but the most significant drop took place in 2015 after the government raised cigarette prices. This means government policy played a role in improving public health," said Kang Jae-heon, a professor at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital who participated in the research.

  • Monday, November 04, 2019
  • Philip Morris launches ‘Smoke-Free City’ project in Korea

  • Philip Morris Korea announced Nov. 4 that it has launched a project to push forward its vision of a smoke-free future in Daegu City and Gyeongbuk region.

    The ‘Smoke-Free City’ project will last until the end of this year. “Smoke-free future is not just simply a motto of our company’s vision,” Philip Morris Korea Managing Editor Chong Il-woo said in a statement.

    “Through our project in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, we hope to transparently provide scientific information to consumers and stakeholders, and create a progressive environment that protects everyone.”

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Don’t Vape In Your Seat At 36,000 Feet: Korean Air Tackles In-Flight Smoking

  • In-flight smoking became so antiquated that airlines started replacing light-up ‘no smoking’ signs with a non-illuminated placard. With smoking prohibited at all stages of flight, it was unnecessary to always illuminate a sign, unless a regulator stipulated as such. Besides practicality there was aviation’s legendary bean counting: removing the lightbulb does away with cost, weight and complexity. “Cases of smoking in cabin seats have become much more common,” Korean Air says in a statement. [...]

  • Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Smokers confused over gov't warning against vaping

  • The government's recent warning on the use of liquid e-cigarettes is confusing smokers, as they are left without further information on how harmful the products are and whether combustible cigarettes are any safer. Amid the confusion, more and more retailers are suspending sales of e-liquids, driving e-cigarette smokers to consider returning to combustible ones. Last week, the Ministry of Health and Welfare issued a "strong" recommendation that smokers stop using vaping products until their effects on the human body are fully confirmed, [...]

  • Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Duty-free stores halt sales of flavored e-cigarettes


    Two major South Korean duty free stores said Monday they have suspended sales of flavored e-cigarettes, following the government's warning against the use of such vaping products due to rising health concerns.

    Lotte Duty Store and the Shilla Duty Free said they have halted sales of flavored vaping products made by US maker Juul Labs and Korean brand KT&G. The move came days after the government warned that vaping products could cause serious lung illness or death.