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Cigarette-caused Fires Dip amid Popularity of HNB Tobacco Products

Cigarette-caused Fires Dip amid Popularity of HNB Tobacco Products

SUWON, Jun. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Fire accidents caused by cigarettes have sharply decreased due to the popularity of heat-not-burn tobacco products and heightened public awareness, data showed Friday. According to the data released by the National Fire Agency, the number of fires caused by unextinguished cigarette butts, the leading cause of fire accidents, across [...]

Philip Morris Says Heat-Not-Burn Device Can Reduce Health Risks

Philip Morris Says Heat-Not-Burn Device Can Reduce Health Risks

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Philip Morris Korea Inc. said Monday that switching to its heat-not-burn device, IQOS, reduces health risks compared with continued smoking, citing its six-month clinical study amid controversy over harmful substances from the smoke-free product. According to its study, eight measures of biological response improved in those who switched to [...]

Cigarette Ads Influence Impulsive Purchases

Cigarette Ads Influence Impulsive Purchases

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — According to a study, one in eight people buy cigarettes on impulse after viewing cigarette advertisements or cigarette packs on display at convenience stores. Moreover, the same study showed that 1.9 percent of non-smokers had purchased cigarettes on impulse. The study, carried out by Prof. Cho Seong-il and his [...]

Opposition to New Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Grows

Opposition to New Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Grows

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Health and Welfare’s recent decision to enlarge the size of graphic warnings on cigarette packs is facing strong opposition from the Korea Tobacco Retailer Association (KTRA). Along with South Korea, a number of countries oblige tobacco companies to cover more than 65 percent of cigarette packages [...]

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 [...]