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Socioeconomic Costs of Drinking, Smoking and Obesity Reach 42 tln Won: Study

Socioeconomic Costs of Drinking, Smoking and Obesity Reach 42 tln Won: Study

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The social losses caused by alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and obesity have reached nearly 42 trillion won (US$32.9 billion), a study showed Monday. The National Health Insurance Service estimated that socioeconomic costs caused by health risks posed by drinking, smoking and obesity reached 41.8 trillion won as of 2019, [...]

Smoking Returns as Outdoor Mask Mandate Ends

Smoking Returns as Outdoor Mask Mandate Ends

SEOUL, May 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Since mask wearing has become no longer mandatory in outdoor places, non-smokers are increasingly frustrated with outdoor smoking. Various online communities are increasingly talking about frustrations over street smoking, which was once part of everyday life in the pre-pandemic era. For smokers, in contrast, the end of the outdoor [...]

Gov’t to Disclose More Info on Harmful Effects of Smoking

Gov’t to Disclose More Info on Harmful Effects of Smoking

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has decided to raise general awareness of the health risks of smoking once again by setting up an exclusive research institute specializing in the impact of tobacco on public health. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) opened last Wednesday the ‘National Harmful Effects of Cigarette [...]

COVID-19 Leads to Drops in Smoking and Drinking Rates While Everyday Stress Levels Rise

COVID-19 Leads to Drops in Smoking and Drinking Rates While Everyday Stress Levels Rise

SEOUL, April 6 (Korea Bizwire) — With the spread of the coronavirus and the introduction of social distancing policies, South Koreans are engaged in less smoking, drinking, and physical activities, while their everyday stress levels have increased. Last year, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government conducted a survey of 41,983 residents via 46 local community health centers [...]

Most Liquid-type E-Cigarette Users Have Smoked in Non-smoking Areas

Most Liquid-type E-Cigarette Users Have Smoked in Non-smoking Areas

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent survey showed that 8 in 10 South Korean liquid-type e-cigarette users said they had smoked stealthily in non-smoking areas. Under the National Health Promotion Act, those who smoke liquid-type e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas can be fined, just like for smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes. A research team from [...]