Tag: South Korea

E-cig tax hike coming

E-cig tax hike coming

| November 10, 2017

The government of South Korea is having to guard against bulk buying and hoarding after it was decided to hike the taxes on heat-not-burn sticks.

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KT&G launches HNB device

KT&G launches HNB device

| November 8, 2017

With the obvious exception of PloomTECH, it seems to be de rigueur for the names of HNB devices to start with a lower-case letter.

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Tax increase ‘effective’

Tax increase ‘effective’

| November 7, 2017

It seems premature to claim that a 2015 tax hike in South Korea was effective in reducing the incidence of smoking among low-income earners. Their numbers increased last year.

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Smoking rate down, but high

Smoking rate down, but high

| November 6, 2017

Despite an 80 percent cigarette-tax rise at the start of 2015 and the introduction of graphic health warnings in 2016, smoking among adult men remains high in South Korea.

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Retailers face jail threat

Retailers face jail threat

| October 27, 2017

Although banning the sale of heat-not-ban devices to minors is laudable, the threat of jailing those that do so with three years in prison seems disproportionate.

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HNB tax rise endorsed

HNB tax rise endorsed

| October 23, 2017

The consumable elements of heat-not-burn products look likely to incur a significant tax increase in South Korea.

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E-cig imports double

E-cig imports double

| October 10, 2017

One of the effects of the South Korean government’s tobacco tax hike at the beginning of 2015 was to encourage the import of electronic cigarettes.

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WHO calls for more bans

WHO calls for more bans

| September 18, 2017

A tax increase that almost doubled the price of cigarettes in South Korea at the start of 2015 was apparently not enough to satisfy the World Health Organization.

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Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

Flavored cigarettes ‘easier’

| September 5, 2017

Flavored cigarettes make smoking easier and are particularly attractive to women and children, according to a recent study conducted in South Korea.

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Scramble for HNB sticks

Scramble for HNB sticks

| August 30, 2017

It is ironic that the South Korea government is proposing to push the price of heat-not-burn sticks higher than that of traditional cigarettes because it needs additional revenue to pay for its health program.

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HNB tax hike closer

HNB tax hike closer

| August 24, 2017

Raising by more than 370 percent the excise tax on heat-not-burn sticks would be unreasonable only if the South Korean government’s goal was harm reduction.

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HNB tax increase coming

HNB tax increase coming

| August 23, 2017

In a straight fight between tax increases and harm reduction, the former is always going to win the day; as South Korea seems set to demonstrate.

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Bans seep into homes

Bans seep into homes

| August 10, 2017

There was a time when a man’s home was his castle, but the battlements are being torn down. And is that the barbarians at the gate?

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HNB market set to glow

HNB market set to glow

| August 7, 2017

Capacity constraints comprise one of the major competitors tobacco companies face in trying to increase their sales of heat-not-burn tobacco devices.

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Tax spending diverted

Tax spending diverted

| August 3, 2017

In theory, South Korea’s additional cigarette-tax revenues should be spent on health care associated with tobacco-related diseases; but in practice they aren’t.

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New end game in sight

New end game in sight

| July 18, 2017

Talk of the tobacco-smoking end-game has been around for some time, but lately it has taken on a different form: one that offers smokers alternative products rather than nothing.

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KT&G to launch HNB device

KT&G to launch HNB device

| July 11, 2017

Competition within South Korea’s emerging heat-not-burn market is likely to heat up considerably this year.

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IQOS under scrutiny

IQOS under scrutiny

| July 10, 2017

A lack of understanding about the differences between conventional cigarettes, heated-tobacco products and electronic cigarettes could lead to bad policy decisions in South Korea.

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Heated-tobacco tax threat

Heated-tobacco tax threat

| June 28, 2017

A move to equalize the tax on cigarettes and heated-tobacco products is likely to send a message to Korean smokers that these two products pose the same level of risk.

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Support sought for clinics

Support sought for clinics

| June 27, 2017

The South Korean government, flush with a huge windfall of cigarette tax revenue, is being asked to use some of that money to support quit-smoking clinics.

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