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Seoul Seeks to Impose Higher Taxes on Smokeless E-Cigarettes

Seoul Seeks to Impose Higher Taxes on Smokeless E-Cigarettes

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea is seeking to impose higher taxes on smokeless tobacco e-cigarette products and adopt graphic health warning labels on packages, the welfare ministry said Friday. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said it had recently proposed a revision to the existing public health promotion law in order to [...]

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 [...]

Imports of E-cigarettes Rose Sharply since Conventional Tobacco Tax Hike in 2015: Data

Imports of E-cigarettes Rose Sharply since Conventional Tobacco Tax Hike in 2015: Data

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Imports of electronic cigarettes more than doubled after the government raised taxes on conventional tobacco in 2015 to discourage smoking, government data showed Tuesday. Industry sources attribute the sharp rise to smokers switching to e-cigarettes which are exempted from higher taxes. The government increased taxes on cigarettes by 2,000 [...]

KT&G to Release Heat-not-burn Tobacco amid iQOS Growing Popularity

KT&G to Release Heat-not-burn Tobacco amid iQOS Growing Popularity

SEOUL, Jun. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — KT&G Corp. said Thursday it will soon release heat-not-burn (HNB) cigarettes amid the growing popularity of the smoke-free tobacco despite concerns of the emissions of toxic substances similar to those of conventional cigarettes. The largest tobacco manufacturer in South Korea will begin marketing the new product in September, a [...]

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 [...]

The Bright Cell’s Scala Brand Leverages Next Generation Labs’ TFN Nicotine®

The Bright Cell’s Scala Brand Leverages Next Generation Labs’ TFN Nicotine®

SAN DIEGO, Mar. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The Bright Cell, a leading e-cigarette and vaping company in South Korea, has partnered with Next Generation Labs to captivate the growing female vape market in Korea with the October 2016 launch of its Scala e-liquid brand. Developed with Next Generation Labs’ TFN Nicotine® – a test-verified non-tobacco [...]

Cigarette Imports Drop 14.4 pct Amid Surge in Demand for E-Cigarettes: Report

Cigarette Imports Drop 14.4 pct Amid Surge in Demand for E-Cigarettes: Report

SEJONG, Jan. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Cigarette imports dropped on-year in 2014, but imports of electronic cigarettes leaped as South Koreans tried to kick the habit after the government raised prices, the customs office said Monday. The government raised the average price of a pack of cigarettes by 2,000 won (US$1.84) on Jan. 1, pushing [...]

Government to Strictly Crack Down on E-Cigarette

Government to Strictly Crack Down on E-Cigarette

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – Against the backdrop of the hiked cigarette prices, and as the consumption of electronic cigarettes increases, the South Korean government has unsheathed its sword against the battery-powered vaporizers. The Ministry of Health and Welfare held an explanation session on the harmfulness of the e-cigarettes on Jan. 6, and announced that [...]