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S. Korea Advised to Limit Smoking at Public Places, Cigarette Ads: WTO

S. Korea Advised to Limit Smoking at Public Places, Cigarette Ads: WTO

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The World Health Organization (WTO) has recommended South Korea to adopt more stringent regulations to ban cigarette smoking in public places and restrict tobacco advertising and promotions. The WTO has been issuing the outcome of the MPOWER project assessing the implementation of monitoring, protecting, offering help, warning, enforcing bans [...]

Will Philip Morris’ New E-Cig Put a Damper on South Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts?

Will Philip Morris’ New E-Cig Put a Damper on South Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts?

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) – On Wednesday, Philip Morris announced that it would begin selling its new e-cigarette iQOS in June, which is allegedly relatively harmless compared to typical cigarettes because it “heats” the tobacco leaves inserted into the device instead of “burning” them.  The announcement immediately posed a new concern for South Korea’s [...]

Savvy Entrepreneurs Cover Graphic Smoking Warnings with Ad Stickers

Savvy Entrepreneurs Cover Graphic Smoking Warnings with Ad Stickers

SEOUL, May 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Complimentary cover-up stickers that hide graphic warning labels on cigarette packets are being widely distributed in South Korean convenience stores in an effort to encourage tobacco sales. Known as “manner labels” in Korean, which roughly translates into English as modesty labels, the stickers, which are made by private companies [...]

Warning Labels to Be Added to Cigarettes Sold at Duty Free Shops

Warning Labels to Be Added to Cigarettes Sold at Duty Free Shops

SEOUL, South Korea, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Graphic warning labels printed on tobacco packages will now be seen on packages of cigarettes sold at duty free shops. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) announced Wednesday that cigarette products exported from foreign countries for sale at duty free stores will also be subject to the [...]

KT&G Enjoys High Profitability Due to Strong Demand Abroad: Data

KT&G Enjoys High Profitability Due to Strong Demand Abroad: Data

SEOUL, March 14 (Korea Bizwire) – KT&G Corp., South Korea’s largest tobacco product manufacturer, said Tuesday it posted solid profitability last year due to growing demand abroad despite falling domestic consumption. The company said its sales rose to 2.96 trillion won (US$2.57 billion) in 2016, up from 2.82 trillion won in the previous year. The [...]

Tobacco Tax Hike Boon for Imported Cigarettes

Tobacco Tax Hike Boon for Imported Cigarettes

SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Korea Bizwire) – It has been two years since the Korean government raised its tobacco tax by 80 percent.  Whether it helped to promote public health and bring down the smoking rate is still open to debate, but it was undoubtedly a lucrative decision for both the government and cigarette companies, especially [...]

A Stressful Year? Cigarette Sales Rise in 2016, Boosting Government Coffers

A Stressful Year? Cigarette Sales Rise in 2016, Boosting Government Coffers

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – It’s already two weeks into the new year, which means that more than a few smokers will have failed, once again, with their resolution to butt out.  Cessation clinics in Korea tend to boom in early January, with smokers excited about the new, healthy lives that they’re about to [...]

Smokers Pressure Government to Repeal Tobacco Tax Hike

Smokers Pressure Government to Repeal Tobacco Tax Hike

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Members of the “I Love Smoking” group gathered outside the National Assembly building in Seoul Thursday demanding that the government repeal Korea’s cigarette price hike, which took effect in January 2015, and raised cigarette prices by 2,000 won ($1.76) per pack. Protestors held pickets alleging that the tobacco policy [...]