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  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • E-liquids contain lung injury-causing chemical

  • A substance potentially causing serious lung diseases has been found in liquid e-cigarettes sold here, health authorities said, Thursday. The "vaping" products, however, did not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical that is said to be responsible for most cases of lung damage from vaping reported in the U.S. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced the results of its toxicity tests on seven potentially harmful ingredients in 153 liquid e-cigarette products, or e-liquids, amid growing anxiety among vapers following the health authorities' strong warning against using them issued in October.

  • 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, [...]