SEJONG, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) — As several electronic cigarettes sold in Korea are reported to contain different nicotine content from what is claimed on the packaging, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) is set to investigate whether some companies have made false claims.
Kim Hak-Hyeon, vice-commissioner of the KFTC, said on May 28 that the companies have an obligation to mark the actual percentages of main ingredients, and the commission would conduct an investigation based on a report from the Korea Consumer Agency and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards.
The two organizations published a report on liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes in Korea, on May 19. According to the report, nicotine content in 10 out of 25 e-cigarettes varied by up to 10 percent compared to the nicotine content indicated on packaging.
Most e-cigarettes also turned out to have a higher nicotine percentage than their tobacco counterparts, as their smoke contained 1.1 to 2.6 times more nicotine than conventional cigarettes.
The National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency also claimed last month that there was no guarantee that e-cigarettes were 100 percent safe, and said that solid evidence for their positive impact on quitting smoking has yet been established.
By M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)