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Users of E-Cigarette Prone to Consume More Tobacco

Users of E-Cigarette Prone to Consume More Tobacco

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Users of e-cigarettes are likely to consume conventional tobacco products, a study showed Thursday, suggesting limited health benefits for smokers. According to the survey conducted by the anti-smoking support center under the Korea Health Promotion Institute, all users of IQOS, a heat-not-burn device from Philip Morris International Inc., tended [...]

Tobacco Industry Alarmed by New Graphic Warnings

Tobacco Industry Alarmed by New Graphic Warnings

SEOUL, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Health has added graphic photos to packaging for electronic cigarettes, taking the tobacco industry by surprise. Electronic cigarettes created quite a stir in the industry after their release last year in Korea. But after the government’s strong drive against them, producers have yet to come up [...]

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 [...]