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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 [...]

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 [...]

Shift Workers Sleep Deprived; Drink, Smoke More: Survey

Shift Workers Sleep Deprived; Drink, Smoke More: Survey

SEOUL, Apr. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Workers who have to put in shifts at irregular hours are more deprived of sleep and more prone to smoking and drinking than people who do regular daytime duties, a survey showed Tuesday. The findings, released by Professor Song Yoon-mi of Samsung Medical Center, said women in their 50s [...]

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 [...]

Smoking to Be Banned on Main Boulevard in Southern Seoul

Smoking to Be Banned on Main Boulevard in Southern Seoul

SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) – In an unusually tough anti-smoking move, one of Seoul’s main boulevards will be declared a no-smoking zone and violators will face fines, officials said Wednesday.  Seoul’s Seocho-gu Ward Office said Gangnam-daero, a 5-kilometer-long major boulevard that cuts through the busy commercial district of Gangnam in southern Seoul, and its sidewalks [...]

Government’s Anti-Smoking Policies May Lead to Obesity: Study

Government’s Anti-Smoking Policies May Lead to Obesity: Study

SEJONG, March 15 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent study suggests that the South Korean government’s anti-smoking policies may need to be supplemented by diet and weight loss programs to better control weight gain, which sometimes follows smoking cessation.  Researcher Choi Seng-eun at the Korea Institute of Public Finance, in a report on the effects of [...]

Sales Down Following Introduction of Graphic Cigarette Warnings

Sales Down Following Introduction of Graphic Cigarette Warnings

SEJONG, March 13 (Korea Bizwire) – Sales of cigarettes in South Korea fell for three straight months in February following the government push to imprint health warning graphics on the outside of packages, government data showed Monday. Some 240 million 20-packs of cigarettes were sold last month, down 14 percent from a year earlier, according [...]