Tag: South Korea

Exports plunge

Exports plunge

| April 16, 2018

South Korea’s overseas sales of cigarettes, which had been climbing steeply in recent years, have taken a knock from a huge tax increase imposed by its major export customer.

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Smoking incidence falls

Smoking incidence falls

| March 29, 2018

A fall to below 40 percent in the incidence of tobacco smoking among South Korean men is something of a milestone.

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Butts into compost

Butts into compost

| March 28, 2018

There is not much detail in a story from South Korea about a process under trial that promises to turn cigarette butts into compost, but, if it proves viable, it could be a game-changer.

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Dithering over HNB

Dithering over HNB

| February 27, 2018

While the authorities in South Korea cannot decide how to test heat-not-burn cigarettes, consumers are making up their own minds about relative risks.

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Sales, revenue down

Sales, revenue down

| January 25, 2018

South Korea’s revenue from cigarette taxes was down by 9.2 percent last year, on volume cigarette sales down by less than that amount.

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KT&G increases HNB price

KT&G increases HNB price

| January 10, 2018

Government-imposed taxes and sundry levies are pushing the prices of heat-not-burn products higher in South Korea.

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Warnings of little concern

Warnings of little concern

| January 8, 2018

The threat of bigger graphic health warnings in South Korea is not causing too much concern among cigarette manufacturers. Smokers might feel otherwise.

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Graphic HNB warnings?

Graphic HNB warnings?

| January 5, 2018

It will be interesting to see what will be depicted if, as suggested, South Korea requires ‘stronger pictorial warnings’ on heat-not-burn products.

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Bigger warnings sought

Bigger warnings sought

| January 4, 2018

A poll on cigarette-pack graphic-warnings was weighted towards non-smokers. Even so, the adults in favor of increasing the size of such warnings only just outnumbered those against.

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HNB demand boosts imports

HNB demand boosts imports

| January 2, 2018

In some early-take-up markets, demand for heat-not-burn products is starting to have a measurable effect on international trade.

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Exports booming

Exports booming

| December 19, 2017

Depending on your definition of a multi-national tobacco company; either KT&G is one or is well on its way to becoming one.

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HNB prices to rise in Korea

HNB prices to rise in Korea

| December 18, 2017

Recent levies imposed in South Korea on heat-not-burn products has caused Philip Morris to raise the retail price of HEETS.

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Private baths, public spaces

Private baths, public spaces

| December 12, 2017

A report in The Korea Herald seems to suggest that smokers won’t be safe from the prying eyes of the ‘managing authorities’, even while in the bath.

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Taxes on taxes on taxes…

Taxes on taxes on taxes…

| December 11, 2017

It must say something for their past or future profits if the suppliers of heat-not-burn refills don’t raise retail prices following a 72 percent increase in the taxes imposed on these products.

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Export award for BAT Korea

Export award for BAT Korea

| December 7, 2017

The Sacheon plant operated by British American Tobacco Korea has been presented with an award after doubling its exports within a year.

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Sales falling in South Korea

Sales falling in South Korea

| December 5, 2017

A predicted drop in cigarette sales in South Korea this year is being put down to higher taxes, smoking restrictions and graphic health warnings.

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KT&G ambitions grow

KT&G ambitions grow

| December 1, 2017

The cigarette manufacturer KT&G has ambitions to knock one of the multinationals out of the top four places of tobacco manufacturers by 2025.

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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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