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Lotte’s Hypermarket Chain to Stop Selling Cigarettes from Next Year

Lotte’s Hypermarket Chain to Stop Selling Cigarettes from Next Year

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Lotte Mart, the third-largest discount store chain in South Korea by revenue, said Thursday that it will stop selling cigarettes next year as it is pushing to specialize in healthy products. Lotte Mart CEO Kim Jong-in said the decision is part of his company’s commitment to transform itself into [...]

Kim Jong-un’s Love of Cigarettes Hampering North Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts

Kim Jong-un’s Love of Cigarettes Hampering North Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea is again bolstering its anti-smoking efforts, advertising new smoking cessation aids on state television.  On May 30, the Korean Central News Agency introduced a nicotine patch – “a cutting-edge technology quit-smoking aid” – that helps smokers stop their habit. “This highly effective nicotine patch is newly introduced [...]

Cigarettes Contain 7 Human Carcinogens

Cigarettes Contain 7 Human Carcinogens

SEOUL, April 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Cigarettes sold on the market contain seven “cancer-causing” substances that pose a threat to public health, South Korean authorities said Tuesday. The International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) under the World Health Organization classifies certain substances as group 1 that are carcinogenic to humans. Substances are placed in [...]

Graphic Warnings to be Put on Upper Part of Cigarette Packets from December

Graphic Warnings to be Put on Upper Part of Cigarette Packets from December

SEOUL, June 14 (Korea Bizwire) – The government decided on Tuesday to mandate tobacco companies to place graphic images showing the harmful effects of smoking on the upper part of a cigarette packet starting from December.  A revised enforcement ordinance, which requires the pictorial warnings to occupy more than 30 percent of the front and [...]

Adult Male Smoking Rate Drops 6 Months after Price Hike

Adult Male Smoking Rate Drops 6 Months after Price Hike

Seoul, July 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Following a price hike and the expansion of non-smoking areas early this year, the smoking rate among adult males has dropped by six percent. As the smoking rate decreased, the consumption of tobacco showed a drastic decline, but because of the higher prices, income from cigarettes increased. The Ministry of [...]

South Korean Households Spend Record Amount on Alcohol in 2014

South Korean Households Spend Record Amount on Alcohol in 2014

SEJONG, Feb. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans spent the most in over 10 years on alcoholic beverages in 2014, mainly on beer and soju, statistics agency said Monday, while demand for cigarettes fell, most likely from the price increase. Data provided by Statistics Korea said local households spent an average of 11,267 won (US$10.16) [...]