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Korean Catholic Church Steps Up Anti-abortion Campaign

Korean Catholic Church Steps Up Anti-abortion Campaign

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean Catholics ratcheted up their campaign against abortion over the weekend, as a public petition to decriminalize the practice gains momentum under the liberal government. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference decided during a meeting at the weekend to issue a statement opposing the repeal of the crime of abortion. A [...]

KT&G Launches Sales of New Tobacco-heating Device

KT&G Launches Sales of New Tobacco-heating Device

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — KT&G Corp. South Korea’s leading cigarette maker, on Monday officially began selling its new tobacco-heating device, amid growing popularity of heat-not-burn (HNB) products in the country. The new product, dubbed lil, heats up tobacco leaves without generating smoke using battery power, according to the company. KT&G said the 10,000 [...]

Samsung Bioepis Gets Nod for Biosimilar Drug in Europe

Samsung Bioepis Gets Nod for Biosimilar Drug in Europe

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean biopharmaceutical firm Samsung Bioepis Co. said Monday it has won approval from European authorities for the sale of its biosimilar drug Ontruzant. The European Commission (EC) accepted Samsung Bioepis’ application to sell the biosimilar referencing Switzerland-based Roche Holding’s Herceptin, also known as Trastuzumab, the company said. The [...]

Battle for E-cigarettes Set to Intensify in S. Korea

Battle for E-cigarettes Set to Intensify in S. Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Lee Tae-kyung, a 37-year-old office worker who has been smoking for 15 years, recently switched to an e-cigarette that heats tobacco without burning. “This is said to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes,” Lee said, as he took a puff on his pen-shaped contraption at a designated smoking zone [...]

Lone Dwellers Show Different Risks Depending on Gender

Lone Dwellers Show Different Risks Depending on Gender

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Young men living alone are at a greater risk of committing suicide while their female counterparts are more prone to unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking, a report said Friday. A research team at Asan Medical Center analyzed the mental and other health patterns of 3,381 people (1,209 men, [...]

Smokers Keeping Their Habit Even After Suffering Cardiovascular Diseases

Smokers Keeping Their Habit Even After Suffering Cardiovascular Diseases

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly half of smokers who are diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases still cannot quit the habit, suggesting that follow-up care should include measures to help them stop smoking, a medical report said Thursday. The report, written by a joint team of South Korean medical staff from different institutions, said a [...]

Cigarette Price Hike Shows Intended Effect on Low Income Earners, Youths: Study

Cigarette Price Hike Shows Intended Effect on Low Income Earners, Youths: Study

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The cigarette price hike in 2015 has been effective in discouraging smoking in low income earners and youths, but not for people with high earnings, a survey said Tuesday. A public health and nutrition study by the Ministry of Health and Welfare said the smoking rate among the low-income [...]